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Singled Out: Ra


10/27/2008
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(antiMusic) Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today we are pleased to feature one of the world's most criminally underrated bands: Ra. Frontman Sahaj Ticotin tells us about "Broken Hearted Soul" from their new album "Black Sun". What makes this single even more significant is the band released the album on their own terms and are having big success at rock radio based on the quality of the song, not the big label muscle pushing it! You might not know what a major accomplishment that is in this day and age. It's HUGE and practically unheard of. So with that said, we now turn it over to Sahaj for the story:

Doing the new Ra record was all about simplifying and thickening what we'd already done on "From one" and "Duality". When it came time to start the record I immediately came up with the riff for "Broken Hearted Soul". Being half Puerto Rican but being in a band named after an Egyptian god, I wanted to do something with a bit of Latin flavor and this pseudo flamenco line is what came up. Then I thought of playing it acoustically for an intro. The groove was funky so I figured why not make the track bounce with the drums.

As for the rest of it... I've been working with all these new emo type bands and I think it rubbed off on me a little for the pre chorus and choruses. I love this song. Lyrically it came directly out of my relationship experience and quoted verbatim several things I actually lamented. The thing I was most proud of with the track was the feeling that there really wasn't anything like it on the radio so I felt very successful having created something unique in a market flooded with similar music.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!



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