Brooklyn’s Ra Ra Riot have shared a free stream of ‘Water’, a collaboration with Vampire Weekend’s Rotsam Batmanglij, from their forthcoming album Need Your Light, out on February 19 via Arts & Crafts.
Though the album was primarily produced by Ryan Hadlock, Batmanglij helmed the boards for two songs.
Need Your Light finds the band moving away from the moody sound of their 2013 release Beta Love in favor of returning to their party rock roots.
The band had planned to take more time off between albums but the urge to create music was just too great.
“The inspiration came very quickly,” singer West Miles said in a statement. This lead to Miles taking a trip to LA to work with producer Dennis Herring, who worked with the band on their last outing. From there, Ra Ra Riot decamped to Milwaukee to flesh out ideas for the album and from there, they worked with previous collaborators including Ryan Hadlock, the producer of 2008’s The Rhumb Line and Andrew Maury, a long-time friend who co-produced their 2010 release The Orchard.
Batmanglij had been a long-time collaborator with the band, this the first time he worked with them as a producer.
“Between 2005-2009, Wes and I wrote an album together in snatched moments in our lives… That record (the Discovery LP) seemed to benefit from us having the freedom to pick it up and put it down. In January of this year, Wes came to stay with me, and we set out to write songs again. We didn’t know where it would take us. There was something I’d heard in Wes’ singing in the earliest days of seeing Ra Ra Riot live that I felt had never quite been captured on record. There was our shared love of U2’s Achtung Baby, something that having listened to the music we’ve recorded in our lives thus far you might not know about. And also this obsession with writing songs that tell stories. So we spent five days writing just two songs – ‘Water’ and ‘I Need Your Light’- and I think we found that same freedom in making these songs that we had found years ago making the Discovery record, not knowing where it would take us,” he said in a statement.
A short tour of warehouse and basements in 2014 encouraged the band to return to their roots.
“Because we started as a house party band, we never wanted to lose sight of having fun and engaging with the audience through visceral live shows,” bassist Mathieu Santos said in a statement. With Need Your Light, Ra Ra Riot are incorporating their past into the future.”
- Foreign Lovers
- I Need Your Light
- Bad Times
- Call Me Out
- Instant Breakup
- Every Time I’m Ready To Hug
- Bouncy Castle