• ra ra riot Need Your Light (CD, £12.50)

    label: Barsuk Records

    The fourth full-length album from Syracuse's Ra Ra Riot is the sound of a band's reinvigoration. Correspondingly, the album sees the band getting back to their house party roots without abandoning the more heady soundscapes they explored with 2013's Beta Love. The band pulled in producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello) in order to start fleshing out ideas. Shortly afterward a writing trip to Milwaukee soon found themselves crafting Need Your Light with a host of previous collaborators including Ryan Hadlock (who produced 2008's The Rhumb Line) and Andrew Maury (who is a longtime friend, collaborator and live sound engineer also co-produced 2010's The Orchard). Also in the mix is Vampire Weekend's Rostam which despite a long history of working with the band (including the Discovery project) this marks the first time he's actually produced a track ("Water" and "Need Your Light"). Tracks: Water / Absolutely / Foreign Lovers / I Need Your Light / Bad Times / Call Me Out / Instant Breakup / Every Time I'm Ready To Hug / Bouncy Castle / Suckers

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