bark160 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · February 2016
mct024 · CASSETTE
Miscreant Records · February 2016
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Three track single with previously unreleased versions.
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).
Four-song EP with previously-unreleased tracks.
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."
iTunes exclusive 3-song single, in anticipation of the band's 2010 full-length, The Orchard.
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!
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.
Split 7" single featuring one track from 4AD band Stornoway, and one track ("Boy") from Ra Ra Riot.
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.
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).