1.10.2011

Best of 2010 #8: Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard

Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
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Recommended Tracks: Kansai, The Orchard, You and I know

Syracuse University home team Ra Ra Riot released their sophomore effort this year.  A 6-piece group, they are vocals, drums, bass, cello, violin and guitar (not in that order).

Their latest effort is called the Orchard, and it sees Ra Ra Riot moving from energetic and artistic pop songs into a more deliberate, reflective and sparse effort.  The result is a very consistently good album through and through with some definite bright spots.

photo by George Lang Normally Wes Miles sings, but a particular bright spot on this album is "You and I know" sung by cellist (and arguably the most attractive woman in rock music) Alexandra Lawn.  For me, the song is set apart from around 2:15 forward.  The repeating refrain of "You and I know" with accenting vocals from the rest of the band is excellent.

The title track from the album, "The Orchard", is also notable for the bass line used in the song.  There's something about it that draws me in.  Excellent work, folks.

Here's a live vid for "You and I know":


http://youtu.be/JRaU4H72W9c


Here's the album preview of "You and I know" including some studio footage and some bare tracks of the band singing the harmonies:

http://youtu.be/8qAp1miotco


If you want more, here's Ra Ra Riot performing the title track, "The Orchard" on Carson Daly:


http://youtu.be/Iq1dsaQy85Y

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