Hear Ra Ra Riot’s Soulful, Love-Spurned ‘When I Dream’
The latest taste from 'Beta Love,' due January 22
Ra Ra Riot shared the synthy title track off their upcoming third album, Beta Love (out January 22 via Barsuk) last month, and then debuted a few more new songs at alma mater Syracuse University. Now comes “When I Dream,” a decidely downbeat cut off the follow-up to 2010’s The Orchard, which relies less on dance-pop and more on lead singer Wes Miles’ soulful vocals. “When I dream, it’s not of you,” he reveals with a hint of helium to his voice, letting his lightweight delivery float over an effective combination of precise finger-snaps, numbing bass beat, and weepy strings. He can’t keep up the levitating act for long, though. “I run, yeah, I run but you follow / Drop to my knees but you haunt me more,” Miles sings just before the snaps stop and the strings cease, leaving just a heavy thump. Hear it below.