MATHIEU SANTOS (OF RA RA RIOT) DROPS ” I CAN HEAR THE TRAINS
COMING (SUPERHUMANOIDS REWORK)”
‘Massachusetts 2010’ Available Now On Barsuk
Mathieu Santos, founding member and bassist of chamber-pop quintet Ra Ra Riot, is pleased to share a
reworking of his debut single “I Can Hear The Trains Coming” by Los Angeles trio Superhumanoids. Listen to their sunny, SoCal spin on the track here courtesy of our friends at Get Off The Coast.
Additionally, Mathieu is currently on the road with Ra Ra Riot. A full list of dates is below.
The songs that compose Massachusetts 2010 were first written last year in – you guessed it – the great state of Massachusetts. Following their recording, however, those demos were set aside and left to sit while Santos spent time on the road with his main band. In the winter and spring of 2011, he returned to the 10 songs with fresh perspective and a critical distance from the context in which they were originally written. Originally trained as a painter and applying his visual artist’s focus on only the most essential compositional elements, Santos borrowed a friend’s guesthouse in rural New Jersey where he finalized the album in just a few days. He worked quickly, maintaining the impulsive freedom of the original writing process but stripping down the palette and creating an arresting sonic environment that sparkles with tantalizing abstract imagery and finely-observed details, set against a backdrop of wide open spaces.
Santos sings with an echoing, bounding tenderness on opener “I Can Hear The Trains Coming,” and its
balance of youthful exuberance and skillful elegance sets the tone for the rest of the album. Spritely vocals bounce off stark arrangements, the instrumentation referencing the natural musicality of ordinary things-from seagull shrieks to dial-up modem rings. As the album title suggests, these songs represent a particular time and place for Santos, and although the lyrics are largely impressionistic, phrases emerge regularly to make the album resonate with echoes of warmth, loneliness, love, regret, loss, and joy. Even if you weren’t there then, Massachusetts 2010 is a place and time that anyone with ears and a heart can hear and feel.
Massachusetts 2010 Track List:
01. I Can Hear The Trains Coming
03. I’d Go
04. (I Just) Need To Know
05. Good Return Theme
06. Northern Mentality
07. I Said So
08. Silly Thoughts
09. Wait To Get Up
10. The Bay/Where To Find Her
Ra Ra Riot Tour Dates:
12/17/11 Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Lecture Hall @ The Warhol
02/22/12 Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theater
02/23/12 Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up*
*w/ The Submarines, Papa