By Jeremy Medina
Updated December 20, 2019 at 07:33 AM EST
Credit: Vampire Weekend: Vorassi; Ra Ra Riot: Andy Cotteril

Ra Ra Riot

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How’s this for a dream-team collaboration: Members of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot have joined cool-kid forces to create Discovery, a sort of electro-y glitch-pop version of their respective bands. Take that, Tinted Windows!

Unlike the melting pot that is TW, Discovery is just a twosome: Ra Ra lead singer Wes Miles and VW keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij. Their self-titled debut album will drop on July 7; Pitchfork has the blindingly bright album art here.

Two of the album’s 10 tracks are streaming on MySpace, but sadly, neither are the songs that’ll feature guest vocals from Ezra Koenig (frontman of Vampire Weekend) or Angel Deradoorian, of Dirty Projectors.

Even so, this much indie-ness is enough to make the heart palpitate, people. Ra Ra Riot’s The Rhumb Line and Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut were two of my favorite records from last year, so I could not be more curious/excited/fanboyish about this side-project. (Actually, ‘favorite’ feels like a gross understatement. I have played “Dying is Fine” and “M79” hundreds of times. Hundreds!)

The band’s MySpace (jokingly?) lists their music as R&B and neo-soul, and there’s even a promised cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” — and certainly, the first track on their MySpace, the sunny, slick “Orange Shirt,” has some R&B flavor to it. Long story, short, they had me at hello. Or, they had me at the first Ra. Is anyone else excited? What are some other bands you’d like to see come together for new projects?

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Ra Ra Riot

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