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The OrchardRa Ra Riots debut full-length, The Rhumb Line, was released in the summer of 2008, and it
brought with it some beautiful and sparkly ruminations on the fragile things in life (namely
life, death and love), much critical praise, and the kind of success thats measured not just
by sales (although 65k US album scans and 130k US track downloads is nothing to sneeze
at these days for a brand-new indie artist) but by appearances on Letterman, Ferguson, and
Conan, plus Lollapalooza, All Points West, and Sasquatch festival plays.
After spending much of the summer and fall of 2009 alternately touring the US with Death
Cab for Cutie, headlining their own packed shows, and retreating to a country property in
upstate New York to write and record, the band announced this summers upcoming arrival of
their new album The Orchard on the eve of a 2010 appearance at the prestigious Coachella
Anticipation is feverish for new music, and the new album is an incredibly self-assured step
for the band, delivering both hook-laden pop jams like first single Boy and the
new-but-familiar-to-live-audiences Too Dramatic and ruminative slow-burns like the Anton
Chekov/Kate Bush-inspired The Orchard and album-closer Keep It Quiet.the orchard
you and i know
do you remember
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Need Your LightNeed Your Light, the fourth full-length album from Syracuses Ra Ra Riot, is the sound of a bands reinvigoration. Correspondingly, the album sees the band getting back to their house party roots without abandoning the more heady soundscapes they explored with 2013s 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, the band soon found themselves crafting Need Your Light with a host of previous collaborators including Ryan Hadlock (who produced 2008s The Rhumb Line) and Andrew Maury (who is a longtime friend, collaborator and live sound engineer also co-produced 2010s The Orchard). Also in the mix is Vamprire Weekends Rostam which despite a long history of working with the band (including the Discovery project) this marks the first time hes actually produced a track (Water and Need Your Light).1. Water
3. Foreign Lovers
4. I Need Your Light
5. Bad Times
6. Call Me Out
7. Instant Breakup
8. Every Time I'm Ready To Hug
9. Bouncy Castle
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VoicesPhantogram is an American electronic rock duo from Saratoga Springs, New York. Formed in 2007, Phantogram is Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and
Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards). The band name was partially inspired by an optical illusion called a phantogram, in which two-dimensional images
appear to be three-dimensional.
They described their sound as street beat, psych pop. According to Josh, their music has lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes
and airy vocals.
The band released their first studio album, Eyelid Movies (2009), to critical acclaim.
The band has played and toured with bands including: The xx, Ra Ra Riot, M83, Metric, Beach House, Zero 7, Yeasayer and countless more.
In 2014, the band will release their major-label debut and sophomore release Voices.1. Nothing But Trouble
2. Black Out Days
3. Fall in Love
4. Never Going Home
5. The Day You Died
6. Howling at the Moon
7. Bad Dreams
8. Bill Murray
9. I Don't Blame You
10. Celebrating Nothing
11. My Only Friend$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
LPDiscovery is the recording project of Rostam Batmanglij and Wes Miles, friends who began recording together in the summer of 2005. One year later they had committed themselves to their respective bands, Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, but nonetheless continued to record together when they both found themselves in the same city. The project is many things: it's partly an attempt to realize Wes' concept of a band where everyone plays synthesizers, and of Rostam's concept for an album where handclaps keep the backbeat instead of snares drums. It's an embrace and also a commentary on the pop music of the past decade, of booming 808 bass and jittery sixteenth note high-hats. Elements of European electronic dance music skittering in double-time over steady R&B. If soul music is secularized, sexualized gospel, Discovery is an attempt to see if soul music can survive being plasticized, roboticized, quantized, chopped, and finally, screwed. The album features Rostam and Wes each singing half the songs and guest vocals from Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) and Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projecters).
Cascades of synths that belong on a My Bloody Valentine record and electronic flurries that sound like a flock of robins chirping incessantly on a Spring morning. - Pitchfork1. Orange Shirt
2. Osaka Loop Line
3. Can You Discover?
4. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
5. So Insane
6. Swing Tree
8. I Want You Back (In Discovery)
9. It's Not My Fault (It's My Fault)
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Massachusetts 2010Trained as a painter but best known for his role as a founding member (and the extraordinarily agile bassist) of chamber pop heavy-hitters Ra Ra Riot, Mathieu Santos has surprised himself by making a solo record. The songs that compose Massachusetts 2010, to be released this summer on Barsuk, were first written, you guessed it, last year in the great state of Massachusetts. Following their recording, however, those demos were set aside and left to sit while Santos spent time on the road with his main band. In the winter and spring of 2011, he returned to the 10 songs with fresh perspective and a critical distance from the context in which they were originally written.
Applying his visual artists focus on only the most essential compositional elements, Santos borrowed a friends guest house in rural New Jersey and finalized the album in just a few days there. He worked quickly, maintaining the impulsive freedom of the original writing process but stripping down the palette and creating an arresting sonic environment that sparkles with tantalizing abstract imagery and finely-observed details, set against a backdrop of wide open spaces.
Santos sings with an echoing, bounding tenderness on opener I Can Hear The Trains Coming, and its balance of youthful exuberance and skillful elegance sets the tone for the rest of the album. Spritely vocals bounce off stark arrangements, the instrumentation referencing the natural musicality of ordinary things from seagull shrieks to dial-up modem rings. As the album title suggests, these songs represent a particular time and place for Santos, and although the lyrics are largely impressionistic, phrases emerge regularly to make the album resonate with echoes of warmth, loneliness, love, regret, loss, and joy. Even if you werent there then, Massachusetts 2010 is a place and time that anyone with ears and a heart can hear and feel.1. I Can Hear The Trains Coming
3. Id Go
4. (I Just) Need To Know
5. Good Return Theme
6. Northern Mentality
7. I Said So
8. Silly Thoughts
9. Wait To Get Up
10. The Bay/Where To Find Her
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