RIKI Shares Gorgeous, Gauzy Video for “Marigold” | New Album from West Coast New Romantic Icon Out 11/26 (Dais Records)

Today, RIKI shares the stunning new video for “Marigold,” the lead single from her upcoming album Gold (out November 26 via Dais Records). The gauzy, high-style video from the West coast new romantic icon was directed by Muted Windows and features the album’s co-producer and track’s featured vocalist Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv). RIKI has also announced a support slot on Choir Boy’s 2022 Spring Tour, kicking off March 15 in Denver. See tour dates below and watch the “Marigold” (Official Video) here: https://youtu.be/wLIfUJcq0ns

Gold is RIKI’s second simulacrum of pitch-perfect synth-pop, aptly titled for the precious substance it is. Inspired by notions of symbolic power, letting go, and transmutable realms of the heart, Gold further refines her rare gift for making swooning melancholia as anthemic as it atmospheric. Working with Eustis at his Pasadena, CA studio, the sessions unfolded fluidly and fruitfully, focusing on “quieter moments” and refining the record’s palette and voice. Occasional interruption from a nearby flock of wild parrots infused a mood of California dreaming, purple sunsets dissolving into deepening neon night.

Like all the most elusive pop, Riki’s songcraft is simultaneously direct and oblique, dynamic and detached, shifting from sparkling chorus to elliptical outro according to its own poetic logic. She characterizes her lyrical muse as “very much what’s going on in my life, things I wanted to say but didn’t have the platform.” This subcurrent of dream fulfillment animates the melodies with a specificity and immediacy that transcends her pantheon of 80’s influences: from Saâda Bonaire and Strawberry Switchblade to Bryan Ferry, Bananarama and beyond. 

Gold skews less dance floor than her instant classic 2020 debut but taken as a collection it’s equally stirring, stylish, and exquisitely produced. Evocatively layered arrangements of drum machinery, sequencer, fretless bass, grey sky guitar, saxophone, and FX, anchored by Riki’s singular voice, alternately widescreen and wounded, yearning beyond time for ecstasies both fleeting and forever: “Thought I knew you, but you’ve gone far away / it’s not in your nature to stay / but the thought that I need you, grows stronger every day / the colors begin / to change.”

Gold is available via Dais Records on November 26 and can be pre-ordered here: https://smarturl.it/riki-gold

RIKI 2021 TOUR DATES

Sep 30 Los Angeles, CA – Cold Waves Festival at The Mayan Theater

Oct 8 Tampa, FL – Absolution Fest at Crowbar

Nov 28 Los Angeles, CA – Substance Festival at The Belasco Theater

Mar 15 Denver, CO – Lost Lake +

Mar 17 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club +

Mar 18 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall +

Mar 19 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop +

Mar 21 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary + 

Mar 22 Toronto, ON – The Garrison +

Mar 24 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz + 

Mar 25 Boston, MA – Sonia + 

Mar 26 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg +

Mar 27 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA +

Mar 28 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery +

Mar 29 Richmond, VA – The Camel +

Mar 20 Durham, NC – Motorco +

Apr 01 Atlanta, GA – Purgatory at The Masquerade +

Apr 02 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa +

Apr 03 Houston, TX – Satellite Bar +

Apr 04 Austin, TX – The Parish +

Apr 05 Dallas, TX – Three Links Deep Ellum +

Apr 07 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge +

Apr 08 San Diego, CA – The Casbah +

Apr 10 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop +

Apr 13 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore +

Apr 14 Seattle, WA – Crocodile + 

Apr 15 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios +

Apr 16 Boise, ID – Neurolux +

 +notes dates with Choir Boy

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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