Raven in the Grave

On their fifth disc, the Danish duo prolong their frigid endless summer, turning out songs full of surf-pop harmonies and film-noir ambience. One or both members are clearly smarting from broken hearts — they've softened their usual lyrics of crime and violence into lovelorn laments like "Let Me on Out" — but the sound feels tired, with bleak tunes like "Evil Seeds" getting lost in a fog of distortion. (Its head-scratching refrain, "Play with fire/Play with you sometimes," doesn't help, either.) Wear a parka to this beach-blanket bingo.

Listen to "Evil Seeds":

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