Take a listen to this new track from Ra Ra Riot (“Water”), one of two produced by Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend off the upcoming album Need Your Light. Rostam talks about the collaboration.
“Between 2005-2009, Wes and I wrote an album together in snatched moments in our lives… That record (the Discovery LP) seemed to benefit from us having the freedom to pick it up and put it down. In January of this year, Wes came to stay with me, and we set out to write songs again. We didn’t know where it would take us. There was something I’d heard in Wes’ singing in the earliest days of seeing Ra Ra Riot live that I felt had never quite been captured on record. There was our shared love of U2’s Achtung Baby, something that having listened to the music we’ve recorded in our lives thus far you might not know about. And also this obsession with writing songs that tell stories. So we spent five days writing just two songs – ‘Water’ and ‘I Need Your Light’- and I think we found that same freedom in making these songs that we had found years ago making the Discovery record, not knowing where it would take us.”
Need Your Light is the sound of a band getting back to their house party roots without abandoning the more heady soundscapes they explored with 2013’s Beta Love.