Ra Ra Riot have released the lead single ‘Water’ from their upcoming album “Need Your Light”. The song features Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend. Batmanglij previously collaborated with Ra Ra Riot lead singer Wes Miles for their project Discovery. Sadly they’ve only released one album but it’s nice they’re still working together. Batmanglij said the following 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’s 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.
You can listen to the song below and a track from their Discovery album. “Need Your Light” will be out on February 19 on Barsuk.
Ra Ra Riot – Water (feat. Rostam Batmanglij)
Discovery – I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (feat. Angel Deradoorian)