Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Ra Ra Riot’s ‘Water’

Vampire Weekend’s Rotsam Batmanglij came up with the concept for the video for Ra Ra Riot‘s ‘Water’ and co-directed the clip with  Josh Goleman (Alabama Shakes, Skrillex, Gary Clark Jr).

“It was shot anamorphic in one day in Joshua Tree and L.A.,” lead-singer Wes Miles said in a statement.  “The concept came from Rostam, co-writer and producer of the song. We actually started talking about this video as we were still imagining and writing the story in the song. The concept of a weary hitchhiker coming out of the desert toward Los Angeles informed the final lyrics, so it really feels like an extension of the song.”

Since its release, ‘Water’ has received plays from Zane Lowe on Beats1 and KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic as well as Sirius XMU, KEXP, WFPK and WXPN. It’s also charted on Spotify’s Viral Chart and NME named it one of its Best New Tracks.

The track can be found on Ra Ra Riot’s forthcoming album Need Your Light, out on February 16, 2016 on Arts & Crafts.


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