It’s been about 3 years since Hurray For The Riff Raff’s last record Small Town Heroes. Back in December “Rican Beach” came out with little fanfare despite being brilliant. Last week “Hungry Ghost” became the second single off the album. Both songs are completely different from the lo-fi folk we’ve grown accustom to from the Alynda Lee Segarra.
“Hungry Ghost” is much more mainstream than pretty much every song HFTRR has released (with the exception of “I Know It’s Wrong”). Fortunately the change in production values takes nothing away from the power of Segarra’s voice or words. Every moment is filled with noise, adding a sense of urgency missing from past records.
I’m of the mind that Segarra can do no wrong, and I’m willing to fight anyone who thinks her vocals are anything short of musical nirvana. If you haven’t, check out the catalog of songs on Spotify. The earliest couple albums aren’t on there (and are kinda hard to find outside of New Orleans), but if you have the time I would recommend seeking those out as well.
Here’s the video for “Hungry Ghost.” The Navigator is out March 10, with a full tour of the US in support. Pre-order from thePledgeMusic page here.