Published Sep 11, 2015Regina's Rah Rah explore new territories in their fourth album, Vessels. Keyboards in hand, the band smooth down their likeable clamour and, in many songs, use sci-fi inspired lyrics to convey their tales of love and vulnerability. With Kristina Hedlund at the helm, the album's second single, "Chip Off The Heart," borders on dance-pop and invokes the image of a robotic heart with the repeated "Just another chip-chip-chip off the heart." On the reverb-drenched "Wolf Eyes," Hedlund grapples with being a lonely speck in the universe while the band blast off into further sonic worlds in their album closer, landing amongst the keyboard trills of "In Space."
Vessels continues Rah Rah's high-energy sound and makes listeners shake, shiver and dance along to every song. Lyrically, it still mixes the light-hearted ("Good Winter") with the heavy-hearted ("The First Night We Met"), like the band have been successfully balancing since their 2008 debut, Going Steady. Their simple yet infuriatingly catchy pop melodies are still present, only now they're even slicker. (Hidden Pony)