Need Your Light

bark160: Ra Ra Riot / Need Your Light

bark160 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · February 2016
mct024 · CASSETTE
Miscreant Records · February 2016

1.
Water
2.
Foreign Lovers (Jim Eno Session)
3.
Absolutely
4.
Absolutely (Jim Eno Session)
5.
Foreign Lovers
6.
Water (Jim Eno Session)
7.
I Need Your Light
8.
Bad Times
9.
Call Me Out
10.
Instant Breakup
11.
Every Time I'm Ready To Hug
12.
Bouncy Castle
13.
Suckers

Need Your Light, the fourth full-length from Brooklyn's Ra Ra Riot, is the sound of a band being reinvigorated by their own existence. Correspondingly, the album sees the band — Wes Miles (vocals), Mathieu Santos (bass), Milo Bonacci (guitar), Rebecca Zeller (violin), and Kenny Bernard (drums) — getting back to their house party roots without abandoning the more heady soundscapes they explored with 2013's Beta Love. The result is an album that's celebratory without being solipsistic and that sees the group collectively mining their prior experiences in order to craft something that looks toward the future with an optimistic gaze.

Two Hearts Beat As One

bark150: Ra Ra Riot / Two Hearts Beat As One

bark150 · 7"
Barsuk Records · November 2014

1.
Two Hearts Beat As One
2.
Wilderness (Alt)

Super limited edition 7" for Black Friday 2014, featuring one of the band's favorite U2 songs, "Two Hearts Beat As One" on one side of yellow vinyl, and an alternate version of Beta Love's "Wilderness" on the other.

Binary Mind

bark136: Ra Ra Riot / Binary Mind

bark136 · 10" / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · April 2013

1.
All I Fear
2.
Wilderness (Demo)

Limited-edition 10" vinyl in celebration of Record Store Day, containing a song from Beta Love, plus 4 previously unreleased tracks. Available at record stores across the world on April 20th, 2013.

Beta Love

bark134: Ra Ra Riot / Beta Love

bark134 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · January 2013

1.
Dance With Me
2.
Binary Mind
3.
Beta Love
4.
Is It Too Much
5.
For Once
6.
Angel, Please
7.
What I Do For U
8.
When I Dream
9.
That Much
10.
Wilderness
11.
I Shut Off

"Well poised to become the soundtrack to your life." - New York Magazine

Beta Love marks the Ra Ra Riot's first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group. The album's songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil's musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.

Inspired by their lean new lineup, the recording process found Ra Ra Riot's members exploring and re-defining their roles within the new makeup of the group. They built upon demos created mostly by Miles and producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Wavves) at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, MS. For the first time in their history the band recorded in a warmer climate and found themselves stimulated by the balmy Southern air and the physical setting of Oxford. Joined by session drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer) the band enjoyed exploring its potential, experimenting with new influences and exciting sounds.

Dance With Me

bark135: Ra Ra Riot / Dance With Me

bark135 · DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · January 2013

1.
Dance With Me
2.
Binary Mind (Demo)
3.
I Shut Off (Demo)

Three track single with previously unreleased versions.

Valerie + The Big Ship

bark128: Ra Ra Riot / Valerie + The Big Ship

bark128 · 7" / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · April 2012

1.
Valerie
2.
The Big Ship

Limited-edition hand-numbered 7-inch pressed on white vinyl, made especially for Record Store Day 2012, with Valerie (Ra Ra Riot with Delicate Steve doing a Steve Winwood song), and The Big Ship (Delicate Steve with Ra Ra Riot, doing a Brian Eno song).

Too Dramatic

bark115: Ra Ra Riot / Too Dramatic

bark115 · DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · March 2011

1.
Too Dramatic
2.
Megafauna
3.
Too Dramatic (The Morning Benders Remix)
4.
Keep It Quiet (Gop)
+++
5.
Too Dramatic (Video)

Four-song EP with previously-unreleased tracks.

The Orchard

bark106: Ra Ra Riot / The Orchard

bark106 · CD / CD+DVD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · August 2010

1.
The Orchard
2.
Boy
3.
Too Dramatic
4.
Foolish
5.
Massachusetts
6.
You And I Know
7.
Shadowcasting
8.
Do You Remember
9.
Kansai
10.
Keep It Quiet

After spending much of the summer and fall of 2009 alternately touring the US with Death Cab for Cutie, headlining their own packed shows, and retreating to a country property in upstate New York to write and record, Ra Ra Riot have announced this summer's upcoming arrival of their new album The Orchard. It's an incredibly self-assured step for the band, delivering both hook-laden pop jams like boy and the new-but-familiar-to-live-audiences too dramatic and ruminative slow-burns like the Anton Chekov/Kate Bush-inspired the orchard and album-closer keep it quiet.

Boy

bark107: Ra Ra Riot / Boy

bark107 · DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · July 2010

1.
Boy
2.
Saccharin And The War
3.
Keep It Quiet (Bear)

iTunes exclusive 3-song single, in anticipation of the band's 2010 full-length, The Orchard.

Can You Tell

bark84: Ra Ra Riot / Can You Tell

bark84 · CD-SINGLE / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · March 2009

1.
Can You Tell (single version)
2.
Run My Mouth (RAC mix)
3.
Dying Is Fine (Tom Campesinos mix)
4.
A Manner To Act (live at Daytrotter)
5.
Can You Tell (2006 demo)
6.
Ghost Under Rocks (Passion Pit mix)

Five-song cd-single featuring album track, can you tell, two remix tracks, a live track, a demo, and the bonus video the rhumb line live attic sessions, syracuse, ny. Now available digitally from iTunes with one extra track!

The Rhumb Line

bark77: Ra Ra Riot / The Rhumb Line

bark77 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · August 2008

1.
Ghost Under Rocks
2.
Each Year
3.
St. Peter's Day Festival
4.
Winter '05
5.
Dying Is Fine
6.
Can You Tell
7.
Too Too Too Fast
8.
Oh, La
9.
Suspended In Gaffa
10.
Run My Mouth

Formed in January 2006 in Syracuse, NY, Ra Ra Riot has quickly gained a devoted following. They have toured extensively in the US and abroad with artists such as Tokyo Police Club and Editors. NME honored them as one of the Top 5 and Top 10 bands at CMJ 2006 and SXSW 2007 respectively. Ra Ra Riot spent late 2007 in the studio with producer Ryan Hadlock (The Gossip, Blonde Redhead, Islands) recording their debut full-length, The Rhumb Line, which skillfully melds elements of new wave and classic indie with sweeping orchestral chamber pop to startling effect. Epic and eloquent, dramatic and graceful, Ra Ra Riot's debut is an inventive and ambitious record that consistently conveys the passions of its creators.

Stornoway Split 7"

adx343 · 7"
4ad · September 2010

1.
Stornoway - Fuel Up
2.
Ra Ra Riot - Boy

Split 7" single featuring one track from 4AD band Stornoway, and one track (boy) from Ra Ra Riot.

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Mathieu SantosMassachusetts 2010

bark117: Mathieu Santos / Massachusetts 2010

bark117 · DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · August 2011

1.
I Can Hear The Trains Coming
2.
Massachusetts
3.
I'd Go
4.
(I Just) Need To Know
5.
Good Return Theme
6.
Northern Mentality
7.
I Said So
8.
Silly Thoughts
9.
Wait To Get Up
10.
The Bay/Where To Find Her

The debut album from Mathieu Santos is available now digitally and in a very limited vinyl pressing. The first 500 LPs are hand-numbered and pressed on white vinyl.

DiscoveryLp

xl446: Discovery / Lp

xl446 · CD / LP
XL Recordings · July 2009

1.
Orange Shirt
2.
Osaka Loop Line
3.
Can You Discover?
4.
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Feat. Angel Deradoorian)
5.
So Insane
6.
Swing Tree
7.
Carby (Feat. Ezra Koenig)
8.
I Want You Back
9.
It's Not My Fault (It's My Fault)
10.
Slang Tang

Discovery is the recording project of Rostam Batmanglij and Wes Miles, friends who began recording together in the summer of 2005. One year later they had committed themselves to their respective bands, Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, but nonetheless continued to record together when they both found themselves in the same city. The project is many things: it's partly an attempt to realize Wes' concept of a band where everyone plays synthesizers, and of Rostam's concept for an album where handclaps keep the backbeat instead of snare drums. It's an embrace and also a commentary on the pop music of the past decade, of booming 808 bass and jittery sixteenth note high-hats. Elements of european electronic dance music skittering in double-time over steady R&B. If soul music is secularized, sexualized gospel, Discovery is an attempt to see if soul music can survive being plasticized, roboticized, quantized, chopped, and finally, screwed. The album, which was released July 7th, features Rostam and Wes each singing half the songs and guest vocals from Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) and Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors).