Ra Ra Riot bassist Mathieu Santos has released his debut solo album, Massachusetts 2010. Driven by simple yet catchy bass riffs, the album was written in Santos’ home state and includes a new arrangement of the “Massachusetts”, which was the first song he wrote by himself entirely.
The tracks have a very open feel, with Santos’ lines and punchy, indie bass tone keeping a focal point throughout.
“With Ra Ra Riot, all six of us have very different sensibilities and influences, and because the nature of our band, there’s a lot of different layers,” Santos told SPIN. “I was interested in making something that was a bit more sparse; something that was different and I could make all the decisions on my own and follow whatever instincts I was having at the moment.”
A video for the lead track, “I Hear The Trains Coming,” was premiered on Mashable. Check it out here:
Preview and download Massachusetts 2010:
Massachusetts 2010 Track List:
- I Can Hear the Trains Coming
- I’d Go
- (I Just) Need to Know
- Good Return Theme
- Northern Mentality
- I Said So
- Silly Thoughts
- Wait to Get Up
- The Bay/Where to Find Her