In our Track by Track feature, musicians and bands provide insight into each song on their newest project. Our latest edition comes from our August Artist of the Month Raffaella, who tells us the backstories behind her new EP LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I).

    Raffaella doesn’t just wear her heart on her sleeve — she wears it like a badge of honor. On her new EP LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I), our August Artist of the Month pours out her emotions through her sparkling indie-pop. But, as its ironic title might imply, the EP also carries an air of playfulness, with nods to old Lindsay Lohan movies, Joyce Carol Oates novels, and storied New York City bars. Today, the rising indie pop star is giving us a Track by Track breakdown of the EP, out Friday (August 12th).

    Produced by Raffaella’s real-life partner, Hippo Campus frontman Jake Luppen, and featuring songwriting contributions from frequent Phoebe Bridgers collaborators Marshall Vore and Charlie Hickey, LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I) is a whirlwind of coming-of-age stories for your mid 20s. Across the EP’s six songs, Raffaella turns seemingly mundane encounters — wanting to kiss a friend, wanting your long-distance crush to visit you, the odd excitement of shopping for groceries on your own for the first time — into full-on stories that unfold seamlessly.


    Listen to LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (Act I) and check out Raffaella’s Track-by-Track breakdown below.