Symphonic indie rock outfit Ra Ra Riot released their first full-length album, The Rhumb Line, in 2008 and after more than a year of recording and production they’re ready to release their sophomore album— The Orchard. The ten-track album, which was produced by the band from Syracuse alongside Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla, Andrew Maury from the Remix Artist Collective (RAC), and Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend, Discovery), is set to hit your nearest record shop on August 24.
Ra Ra Riot - ‘Shadowcasting’ (from the forthcoming The Orchard)
The Orchard, which was named for the small farm house where the band recorded much of the album, is available for pre-order through Barsuk, in six different formats (including magenta vinyl). Also, their song “Boy” is up for free on iTunes and their website — if you want to check it out. Ra Ra Riot are currently gallivanting around North America in an extensive tour which lasts through late November; the tour dates are on the band’s myspace. For me, The Orchard is much calmer, laid-back and generally easier to listen to than the band’s last release, although it lacks some of the attractive energy found on The Rhumb Line’s “St. Peter’s Day Festival” or “Too Too Too Fast.”
Check out the set list as well as the video of “Keep It Quiet” below.