Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator

Perhaps you’ve been seeing this artist being promoted on Pitchfork and if you’ve had the chance to this to this artist you might see just why. Hurray for the Riff Raff brings a refreshing sound that reminded me of how a singer song writer can capture one’s attention on his or her’s own merit. The first track stood out to me as something straight out of a play or musical. Even the album cover supports the picture that was painted with the first track off this debut album of the singer songwriter. Each of her songs captures a sound that is folk, Americana, and alternative country. “Nothing’s Gonna Change That Girl” is a beautiful song with soft vocals. It’s almost reminiscent to an Iron & Wine song or an Andrew Bird song. “The Navigator” is my favorite song off the album. It’s a beautiful song that features guitar played in a style found in rock-a-billy and surf rock music, violin, and drums that create a Puerto Rican bomba and salsa sound. “Fourteen Flours” is an emotional song that will make you stop what you’re doing and probably relate to.

One of the many joys of working at a radio station is that you are constantly exposed to new music. This a good thing after all would you really want to listen to the same bands over and over again? This album combines american folk and Puerto Rico music to create something that is unique and makes this guy excited over what he has had the pleasure to discover and listen to. Pitchfork gave this album an 8.1. I’ll give it a 9.0. If you like Bob Dylan, The Mountain Goats, Iron and Wine, and My Morning Jacket then I’d advise you to check this artist out.

By: Clinton Willis

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