Co-writer of Nashville’s theme song and tourmate of Willie Nelson, B.B. King, The Black Keys and Generationals, it’s no wonder Brooklyn-based singer Arum Rae is garnering quite a bit of attention. She’s releasing her second EP this year and it’s a step in the nearly opposite direction. Where Warranted Queen explored electro-pop energy, Waving Wild lets her rock ‘n’ roll roots show. The jerking synth leads are still firmly present alongside Rae’s soulful wail, but now her voice is soaring over pummeling drums and blues-infused guitar leads. Seductive opener “Let’s Shake” taunts with gravelly, unrelenting riffs while “Loneliness” features a few slithering chords and hi-hat clashes coupled with Rae’s velvety vocals.
Arum Rae will self-release Waving Wild — re-mixed and mastered by John Congleton (St. Vincent, David Byrne, Swans) — on November 4th.