Ra Ra Riot‘s third album, Beta Love, sounds like it’s going to be a big departure from their earlier records The Orchard and The Rhumb Line. The album’s first two singles, “Beta Love” and “When I Dream,” kept their signature strings but piled on drum machines and synths.
“Dance With Me” totally ditches the chamber pop for a snaking bassline, thick synths and dance music. It could be the catchiest song they’ve ever written, and I can’t be the only one anxiously waiting to find out what other surprises Beta Love has.
Beta Love is out January 22 on Barsuk.
Ra Ra Riot is releasing a new album next month. Beta Love is the group’s third album and first as a four piece (cellist Alexandra Lawn recently left, and the group is still without a permanent drummer). While it doesn’t have the cool backstory of The Orchard — all we’ve really heard is that the new LP was recorded in Mississippi — Beta Love‘s first two tracks sound every bit as interesting.
The album’s first single, the title track, has a Passion Pit bounce in its step and a New Wave synth that they’ve been subtly incorporating for years.
The second, the just-released “When I Dream,” has a soft, nocturnal drum machine tapping in the background. Singer Wes Miles lays down a bit more R&B than usual, accompanied by their signature strings.
Both songs are a huge step out of Ra Ra Riot’s indie chamber-pop comfort zone. Beta Love was already on our list of albums to watch next year, but it might have just soared to the top.
Stream both tracks below. Beta Love is out January 22 via Barsuk.