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Editors’ Notes

From Tiffany Preston's wild banshee vocals to the wave-pool synths of her husband Danny, it's easy to compare Rainbow Arabia to their old tour mates Gang Gang Dance. The California-based duo stands alone in one department, however: the area of restraint. In many ways, Boys and Diamonds is the record Gang Gang Dance have long refused to make, one that finds a balance between left- field flourishes (fringe slabs of world music, dancehall, and techno) and pure indie-pop instincts. One glaring example of this welcome compromise is the album’s leadoff single, “Without You,” an instant crowd pleaser that makes us want to rent the closest convertible and peel out of the parking lot with its sun-scorched hooks on blast. Elsewhere, Rainbow Arabia take advantage of their first hi-fi recording by tackling everything from a paranoid club tune (“Sequenced") to a rock-steady reminder of what the Knife sounded like before they discovered the depths of David Lynch’s soul ("Blind").

Customer Reviews

I don't know Ricardo

Did you find out if there were more songs on this album?

rainbow arabia -boys and diamonds

I think this is a really good song and i hope theres more songs on this album !!!!

YES

this album delivers on the promise of those early EPs and singles and then some. first song is incredible and it plays well as a whole album. recommended.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mixing mesmerizing tribal beats, electro sounds, and Middle Eastern instrumentation, Rainbow Arabia were formed in 2008 by husband/wife duo Tiffany and Danny Preston. The two were married for three years before they started recording together in their Echo Park basement in early 2008. Just prior, Danny had played in the dub-based outfit Future Pigeon, and Tiffany was a member of Licorice Piglet. Influenced by Arabic albums released on Sublime Frequencies and a music class that Tiffany attended (which...
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