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HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
LIVING IN THE CITY”
(taken from album The Navigator, out now through ATO Records)

 

Hurray for the Riff Raff have unveiled the next single ‘Living In The City’, taken from their new album The Navigator, out now through ATO Records.

Listen to ‘Living In The City’ here

‘The Navigator’ was produced by Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Devendra Banhart) and recorded at Electric Lady Studios in NYC and Panoramic House in California.  The album features percussionists Juan-Carlos Chaurand, Gregory Rogove (Rodrigo Amarante), a trio of Bomba drummers, and Doo Wop singers from New Jersey.

On the album, Segarra tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight.  It finds a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself. ‘The Navigator’ is a thrilling call to arms that could not come at a more crucial time.  It also finds Hurray for the Riff Raff at its own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads.

The 12 original songs were inspired by Segarra’s own journey from the South Bronx to the downtown punk scene and beyond, in search of her identity.  She looked to poetry including Pedro Pietri’s ‘Puerto Rican Obituary’ and the Nuyorican Cafe, the singer-songwriter Rodriguez, Puerto Rican activist groups the Young Lords and the Ghetto Brothers, Fania Records and more. ‘Rican Beach’ addresses the gentrification of the South Bronx and the co-opting of Puerto Rican culture in NYC and beyond.  The razor-sharp rock of ‘Living In The City’ tells the story of a city on fire, inhospitable to the marginalised. ‘Hungry Ghost’ is an introspective anthem about Navita trying to find her voice. ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change That Girl’ foreshadows the emergence of The Navigator, a super heroine that saves her people from a dystopian future by reconnecting them with their ancestors and pride.

THE NAVIGATOR IS OUT NOW

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