Ra Ra Riot have shared a video for their new Rostam Batmanglij-featuring single “Water,” off their upcoming new album Need Your Light. Frontman Wes Miles makes his way from Joshua Tree to the Los Angeles shore, picking up his bandmates one-by-one for a bit before forging ahead alone. Batmanglij, who co-wrote and produced the track, came up with the concept for the video and co-directed it with Josh Goleman. Miles expanded on the video’s creation in a Tumblr post:
Hi! Last month we bounced over to LA for a couple of days to make a music video with our good (and suprememly talented) friends Rostam and Josh [Goleman]. We set out for Joshua Tree at around 3:30 in the morning, with our boxes of Joe, rollerblades, and analgesic anamorphic lenses in tow, and by 5pm we were wrapping beneath the Santa Monica pier. There were a bunch of stops in between that I don’t particularly recall but apparently (spoiler alert) included wind farms, street hockey, and a guy in a tunnel with a tambourine. I think I ate a burrito at some point.
This video fits right into our whole (unintentional) MO for making this record – working with old friends for whom we have a ton of respect and, perhaps even more importantly, trust. Plus, Rostam had a hand in writing, recording, and producing the song (Water), and so it makes sense that he was involved with both the concept and execution of the video. Hopefully the result is a testament to the
burritofun we had making it.
Need Your Light is out 2/19 via Barsuk.