If you've been reading the blog for a while you may be aware that we were into Ra Ra Riot last year and their album The Orchard which we featured in our top 15 albums of 2010. (8 months has flown by huh?!). Mathieu Santos of the band is going to be releasing his debut solo album and the first 500 LPs are hand-numbered and pressed on white vinyl. Sexy! There will also be a 7" single for the album opener "I Can Hear The Trains Coming" that will be released soon by Old Flame Records limited to 300 copies pressed on green vinyl. Today though, you can listen to the entire album Massachusetts 2010 via the player below and get a feel for Mathieu's style.
Up at the top you can check out the visuals for lead single "I Can Hear The Trains Coming" which are bright and colourful. Should help you wake up, if the barrage of videos featuring slasher/gore and a tonne of weird stuff haven't done so already.
Check out this mellow and chilled remix of Ra Ra Riot's track "Too Dramatic" from The Mornign Benders. Slowing the track down which originally featured on Ra Ra Riot's The Orchard which we featured in our top 15 albums of 2010. Check out the tracklisting for the single after the jump. The single comes out digitally on the 8th of March via iTunes and below you can download the track for yourself too via Stereogum.
Too Dramatic single:
1. “Too Dramatic”
3. “Too Dramatic (Morning Benders Remix)”
4. “Keep It Quiet (GOP)”
5. “Too Dramatic” (Video)
Last year Ra Ra Riot released iot have released their album The Orchard, which we featured in our top 15 albums of 2010. They've now confirmed their new single will be "Too Dramatic" and have set the release date for March the 8th. You can now check out the video for it right here. Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang the video see's the band performing on a starry night before the day breaks and the clouds shoot by before the ground starts to build upwards with a cool stop motion effect, check it out for yourselves up at the top. The track will come with a remix by The Morning Benders, track "Megafauna" and "Keep It Quiet (GOP)".
Ra Ra Riot dropped in on Jimmy Kimmel yesterday and performed a few tracks from their latest album The Orchard. Up at the top you can see them performing "Boy" and after the jump let them entertain you with a rendition of "Too Dramatic".
The Orchard is out now for you to pick up if you like what you see in their performance from Jimmy Kimmel.
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What makes Ra Ra Riot so unique is their ability to blend each of the six band member’s abilities and turn it into something that flows effortlessly and beautifully. Their second studio album The Orchard is a fantastic continuation of the style that the New Yorkers have been perfecting over the last four and a half years. Each song on the album comes together in an extremely well-paced, flowing way that, for me, creates a mood only found on those perfect, sunny, summer days. Starting with the highly instrumental “The Orchard,” moving to more energetic songs like “Boy” and “Too Dramatic,” and slowing down with the magnificent “You And I Know,” The Orchard is a beautifully paced album that shows the increasing maturity and perfection of Ra Ra Riot’s abilities as a band. - Adrian
Ra Ra Riot swing by the KCRW studio to perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic. You can watch the band perform tunes off their latest opus The Orchard on the player above.
Take a listen to "Too Dramatic" taken from the session below and head on over to Daytrotter to listen and download "Boy" and "Foolish". As well as this listen to the bands favourite track to play live, taken from debut LP The Rhumb, "Run My Mouth". The Orchard is out now click here to add it to your personal collection.