Roz And The Rice Cakes – “Close Encounter”

The album artwork for Roz And The Rice Cakes’ new single “Close Encounter” depicts a crowd of shadows — off-center, a smudgy sepia-toned child stands out, a pained look on their face. Stranger in a strange land, alien among their own race. The song feels similarly out of step, searching for a groove to fit in but finding itself unable to stand still. In this case, that’s a good thing — the Providence-based band plays in the shadows, trudging through slippery trip-hop and nocturnal R&B. Roz Raskin’s vocals are buried under a thin film, difficult to discern beyond the pained aching of a desire for something more. It wouldn’t sound out of place on a Warpaint album. Listen below.

The “Close Encounters” single is out now via Team Love.