Ahead of the release of Ra Ra Riot‘s third studio album Beta Love, the band is streaming the new track ‘When I Dream’ and giving away the title track via their official site.

Beta Love was recorded with producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello) and drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer) in Oxford, Mississippi and from early listens is a much more synth-pop record than the band’s previous ‘chior-pop’ releases.

The new sound may be a bi-product of the band changing the way the worked in the studio.

Bassist Mathieu Santos explained to Barsuk Records, “We’d been used to arriving at a session with every song totally arranged and figured out, but in Oxford, a lot of the creative decision-making happened in the studio, on the fly.”

Click here to download the song “Beta Love.”

Beta Love is the band’s first ablum since 2010’s The Orchard and is set for release January 22 via Barsuk Records.

Look for the band on their extensive US tour starting in January 2013.

Tour Dates:

WED 23 JANUARY 9:30 Club Washington, DC THU 24 JANUARY Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
FRI 25 JANUARY Webster Hall New York, NY
SAT 26 JANUARY Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
THU 7 FEBRUARY Venue Vancouver, BC, Canada
FRI 8 FEBRUARY Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA
SAT 9 FEBRUARY Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
MON 11 FEBRUARY The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
TUE 12 FEBRUARY El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
WED 13 FEBRUARY The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
FRI 15 FEBRUARY Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA SAT 16
FEBRUARY Club Congress Tucson, AZ
TUE 19 FEBRUARY The Kessler Dallas, TX
WED 20 FEBRUARY The Belmont Austin, TX
THU 21 FEBRUARY Fitzgerald’s Houston, TX
SAT 23 FEBRUARY Proud Larry’s Oxford, MS
SUN 24 FEBRUARY The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
SUN 24 FEBRUARY Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
MON 25 FEBRUARY Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
TUE 26 FEBRUARY Grey Eagle Tavern Asheville, NC
THU 28 FEBRUARY A and R Music Bar Columbus, OH
FRI 1 MARCH Metro Chicago, IL
SAT 2 MARCH Der Rathskeller, Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI
SUN 3 MARCH Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
TUE 5 MARCH Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI
WED 6 MARCH Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON, Canada
THU 7 MARCH Il Motore Montreal, QC, Canada
FRI 8 MARCH Higher Ground – Showcase Lounge Burlington, VT
SAT 9 MARCH Pearl Street Nightclub Northampton, MA, US

— Bradford Hornsby, LIVE 105/San Francisco


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