Bella Union are delighted to be releasing Let Me Love You, the extraordinary first single from RÁJ.
Hailing from LA and just 20 years old, RÁJ is an artist that prefers to let his music do the talking. Though like Jai Paul or Burial before him, he’s a singular voice, one whose mysteriousness complements his brooding and elegant songs. ‘Let Me Love You is available digitally today and can be heard here.
The b-side to ‘Let Me Love You’ is the equally arresting ‘Ghost’ which has already been the subject of much online excitement.
Directed by Everdream and shot on location in Budapest, the video mirrors the song’s cinematic reach and can be viewed below.
RÁJ will make his UK live debut a week today supporting The Neighbourhood at XOYO:
Monday 17 February – LONDON – XOYO (with The Neighbourhood)
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Directed by Jamie Stone
On the video Jamie says…
When I first listened to Snowbird’s All Wishes are Ghosts, I immediately thought of an old Icelandic play The Outlaw. Written a century ago by a distant ancestor of mine, Jóhann Sigurjónsson, it’s about two outlaw lovers hiding out in the Icelandic mountains. Something about the beautiful but desolate natural landscape combined with a troubled love story felt right for the song.
On family excursions to Iceland as a child, I remembered being told about how old stories were “locked in the landscape.” I used this idea literally in the video, shooting a modern re-imagining of the play in which the characters catch glimpses in the landscape of scenes from a 1918 film adaptation of the same story (Berg-Ejvind och hans Hustru by Victor Sjöström) allowing the ghosts of the past lovers to affect the fate of our modern day couple.
Midlake are off on tour this month (with labelmates Horse Thief, no less), dates are below, and all dates on Midlake.net
Thursday 20 February – MANCHESTER – The Ritz
Friday 21 February – WOLVERHAMPTON – Wulfrun Hall
Saturday 22 February – GLASGOW – O2 ABC
Sunday 23 February – DUBLIN – Vicar Street
Tuesday 25 February – BRISTOL – Anson Rooms
Wednesday 26 February – LONDON – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Watch, the video for The Old & The Young below:
Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom
on transperent yellow vinyl… BUY