Artist of the Month is an accolade bestowed upon an up-and-coming musician or group who’s poised for the large time. For August 2022, we interview singer and songwriter Raffaella about her model new mini album, LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (Act I).
Upon coming into Raffaella’s childhood house in New York Metropolis final weekend, a number of issues stand out to me: The partitions are coated almost inch-to-inch with each artwork and musical devices, signed images and information adorn the hallways, and the busied look of the condo feels quintessentially New York. Right now, nevertheless, Raffaella is merely a customer in her previous abode — and she or he’s introduced an thrilling and radiant new assortment of songs house along with her.
This Friday (August twelfth), Raffaella — who’s Consequence‘s August Artist of the Month — will launch her eclectic new mini album, LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (Act I). Amongst many illuminating traces and choruses, Raffaella primarily makes use of the trouble as a approach of channeling her twenty-something angst and confusion, setting up a theatrical narrative that demonstrates her distinctive abilities as a singer and songwriter.
There’s an enormous emphasis there on “theatrical”: LIVE, RAFF, LOVE can be divided into two elements, with Raffaella explaining that the primary half (Act 1) is meant to be “very vibrant, very pop-y, very pink, and glossy,” and the second half (Act 2) “rather a lot darker and much more introspective.”
Although we’ll have to attend a bit longer for the darker second half of LIVE, RAFF, LOVE, the album’s first act isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. The opener “come to nyc, pls” begins nearly solemnly, and nearer “LIPSTICK” provides a discernible sense of doubt to Raffaella’s effervescent anthems. However in between are songs that really feel significantly unserious with some playful, wacky decisions alongside highly effective realizations about rising up, love, and sustaining relationships. There are moments of pop punk bombast; some folk-leaning melodies; pictures of grocery shops, Malibu, and “sunshine lobotomies”; and cathartic, shout-along choruses.
However a title like LIVE, RAFF, LOVE — a play on the frequent ornamental phrase “Reside, Chortle, Love” — implies a cheeky angle in the direction of the so-called “artist assertion.” “I assumed it was humorous, however I additionally thought that it’s very indicative of how I write music, which is simply taking the joke significantly,” says Raffaella.
In line with the singer-songwriter, she supposed for the album to observe the arc of a stage play: “It type of follows the narrative of a kid of divorce studying how one can love for the primary time,” she tells Consequence, earlier than clarifying, “a minimum of do it in the proper approach.”