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Rafter Dreams of ‘Drugs’

Exclusive! Download the lively head-trip "Drugs" from Rafter's ambitious song-a-day project, leading up to the release of the band's Sex Death Cassette LP.

Joseph Coscarelli // January 18, 2008

Patience is apparently not a virtue in the world of singer/songwriter Rafter Roberts. With his second full-length, Sex Death Cassette,locked and loaded for release on Jan. 22 via Asthmatic Kitty, Rafterhas already moved on — and with a purpose. “I’m trying to write andrecord a full song every day,” he tells SPIN.com. “I finished Sex Death Cassette a while ago, and even though it’s not out yet, I’m just really feeling like making new stuff.”

Ona particularly mischievous day, Rafter honed in on his would-be viceand wrote “Drugs,” a slinking and hazy number where kid-like laser gunelectronics are challenged by thorny lyrical admissions. “I wish I diddrugs,” Roberts confesses in a quick murmur. A song of self-describedas “manic highs and lows, ultimate aloneness, bridge burning, death,distance, panic and pathos,” there are clearly complex emotions beingironed out — just check out the trippy work courtesy of photographerLizeth Santos. Thankfully this therapy session comes with a catchy beatand Rafter’s song of the day sounds like a playful exorcism of themanic demons of neurosis. But somehow still, they creep back in beneaththe song’s bounce. “I dreamt that we drowned in our car,” he morbidlysings later — and to think… that’s without drugs!

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Rafter – “Drugs” DOWNLOAD MP3

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