There must be something in the air at this time of year that makes people want to listen to more folk music. In last week’s podcast of The Build Up Bobby talked about listening to a lot of folk acts over the last few weeks and now I too have caught the bug, tuning into all sorts of folk, country and Americana.
I was recently introduced to the beautiful sounds of Hurray for the Riff Raff through an old episode of NPR’s All Songs Considered and since then I’ve been listening to their album Look Out Mama pretty relentlessly. Hurray for the Riff Raff is the music of Alynda lee Segarra and her band.
The album, which was released back in August, is the result of almost two years of touring across the US in small bars and clubs. It’s an album filled with a variety of influences ranging from Motown, soul, country, surf-rock and even a bit of psychedelia. Yet despite this eclectic mix of sounds the whole album is pinned together beautifully by Alynda lee Segarra sweet vocals and the band’s unmistakable love for classic Americana. The album’s stand-out track for me is the short-but-sweet Born to Win, Pt. One which really comes alive with a rollicking sing-a-long chorus. It’s a beautiful uplifting track!