Yo, hop on this Hurray For The Riff Raff train now.
I freakin’ love concept albums, and I hope you do, too. The Navigator, released recently (3/10/17), centers around a character named Navita Milagros Negrón and her travels.
Alynda Segarra, who leads HFTRR, has done some traveling herself. She lived a bit like a vagabond in her teens, making her way from NYC to NOLA. Nearing thirty, she moved to Nashville for a fresh place to write The Navigator. Now we’ been giving a sold set of works. Musically, the album pulls doo-wop, rock, and latino classics and couples it with a singer-songwriter vibe. If you live in the so-called “liberal bubble” and want to find this album, it’s available at the public library and the house of your teacher who owns a corduroy item of clothing. That prof. also kept their velvet jacket for going out long before the style came back.
I picked “Rican Beach” because it’s 1) woke, 2) captures Segerra’s own navigation through her musical heritage, 3) “you can take my life/ but don’t take my home/ it’s a solid price/ it comes with my bones” is chilling af.