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WFPK Song of the Day: Ra Ra Riot "The Wish"

Ra Ra Riot
Rowan Daly
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot release first new music in five years with "The Wish"

Indie pop veterans Ra Ra Riot have released the new single “The Wish,” their first new music in 5 years. The band shared on Instagram: “It’s been a minute — well, technically, over two million minutes — since we last released new music, and for that, we sincerely apologize. But we’re making up for it in a big way with a brand new track. It’s a special one, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.” The single was co-written and produced by their friend and longtime collaborator Rostam Batmanglij (Remi Wolf, Carly Rae Jepsen, HAIM). Listen below.

Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles shared some background behind “The Wish”: “Rostam and I have been longtime collaborators and have gotten to work on all kinds of different projects together over the years. It’s always something fun and exciting and new. When we got into his studio recently, we found we’d both been getting into fingerpicking – some folk stuff, like Fairport Convention, Joni Mitchell, Anne Briggs, Judy Sill, that kind of stuff.”

"And so we just went from there. It started with a riff I had, super rough, with a sort of nebulous story, and he helped simplify the fingerpicking pattern and start molding it into more of a specific story and vibe. Rostam added some organ - Hammond B3 - and some mandolin, and Joey, his assistant, who’s studied Latin percussion, really added a lot of movement to it. Over the course of two trips to LA, we wrote, re-wrote and recorded the song almost in real time, and I think it’s something really new for us.”

He continued; “To me, the song’s about the power of imagining a different world – not necessarily in a fantastic or escapist way, but in an empowering way. About manifesting these deeply held wants and desires. Having these powerful dream visions and trying to capture that moment before you fall deeply into dreaming. Rostam and I love working on songs that can read as both happy and sad at the same time and using that tension to amplify and understand the depth of these feelings and visions.”

WFPK Song of the Day spotlights a song we love - weekdays at 11:10.

John is the mid-morning host on WFPK. Email John at jtimmons@lpm.org

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