Ra Ra Riot’s The Rhumb Line was one of my favorite albums of 2008. Alexandra Lawn and her cello, along with Rebecca Zeller’s violin, are the heart and soul of the band for me. But Wes Miles’ vocals are perfect for the band’s pop confections. The first song from the band’s new album The Orchard was “Boy,” and it was a solid but slightly underwhelming start. It grew on me, and then I heard “Too Dramatic.” Oh man, let the fawning begin.
Ra Ra Riot, who hail from Syracuse, N.Y., have delivered an indie-pop gem here that is sure to find its way on to plenty of summer and fall playlists. The more I listen to Lawn and Zeller’s strings slice in and out of this track, the more firmly I am in the song’s clutches. The Orchard was produced by the band along with Andrew Maury, and mixed almost entirely by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla. Be careful: this song can get stuck in your head just as quickly as Death Cab’s best stuff. It has apparently become a favorite at the band’s live shows already.
Psst… you can grab the song in the Jukebox on the right…
Pre-order The Orchard, out Aug. 24, here.
“Boy” By Ra Ra Riot (From The Orchard, out August 24 on Barsuk Records)
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