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Raffaella Already Sounds Like an Indie-Pop Vet on LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I)

Our August Artist of the Month's six-song EP is instantly familiar and effortlessly catchy

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Raffaella, photo by Ben Kaye
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    A quick preface: I’m sure that Raffaella works extremely hard at her craft. There’s no doubt in my mind that she labors over her melodies, edits and re-edits her songwriting, and, I don’t know, runs through vocal warmups like Ron Burgundy before a news broadcast. But holy shit, does she make it look easy.

    Even when the emotions get a little weightier on LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I), her latest EP, our August Artist of the Month’s songwriting and performing talents sound effortless. It’s as if she’s somehow placed a microphone deep in her subconscious and recorded the songs off the cuff as she sung them to herself. Each song is immediately familiar, like they’re already established hits, and her voice has the quality of an unknown star who’s discovered when an executive’s car happens to break down in her rural hometown. LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I), out Friday (August 12th), is the indie-pop equivalent of “I woke up like this,” and it’s an incredibly impressive display.

    Dabbling in the sounds of indie-pop bops, singer-songwriter ballads, and pop-punk-revival bangers, the six-song EP showcases the breadth of Raffaella’s talents. Above all, it’s her range as a writer and the excellent, easy-going vocal performances that make LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I) so exciting. The vibes shift from emotional to sardonic to unapologetic from track to track, and yet Raffaela is able to keep it light and fun, strutting over each instrumental with confident ease.

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