Regina, Saskatchewan-based five-piece Rah Rah’s fourth album, Vessels (Hidden Pony Records) was recorded with the production team of Gus Van Go and Werner F (who have also worked with Said the Whale, Hollerado, the Trews and more). The 11 songs that make up Vessels remain true to Rah Rah’s indie rock roots, but with a more refined style that plays to the band’s strengths by emphasizing catchy melodies and poignant, heartfelt lyrics.
Opener “Be Your Man” begins the album with a surge of electric guitars, as Marshall Burns (vocals/guitar) weaves a nostalgic tale of a lost love while his bandmates back him with handclaps and classic pop harmonies. This sets the infectious tone for the album, as the keyboard-spiked catchiness of lead single,“Chip Off the Heart,” is anchored by an urgent dance-rock pulse, and “Love That Sticks” and “Fix Me” blend wistful longing with hook-heavy bliss.
The ensemble also pushes into new territory with the pulse-racing “Surgery,” which seamlessly combines frantic dance rhythms, spaghetti western guitar twang, and atmospheric baroque textures. From there, the album ends with the soaring, synthdazzled expanse of “In Space.” It’s yet another career highpoint for a band that has been going steady for the better part of a decade and shows no signs of slowing down.