The brimming indie pop from this collaboration started about ten years ago when lead singer of Ra Ra Riot, Wes Miles, and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij started their side-project Discovery — Rostam wanted to capture Wes’ vocal ability when he first saw Ra Ra Riot perform live in the early years of the band’s career. Along with their mutual love of U2’s Achtung Baby, the two men started a writing process that would soon result in songs such as ‘I Need Your Light’ and ‘Water’. ‘Water’ certainly showcases Wes’s singing where he remains in a higher register for most of the song. And with a chorus such as “So I crawled out of the back door/ Took off all these tight clothes/ Jumped into the water,” it’s utterly freeing to hear on a stressful day.
Listen to the song below:
Ra Ra Riot’s Need Your Light will be released on Friday 19 February ’16 via Barsuk Records.