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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").

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").

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About Rainbow Arabia

An indie electronic outfit that's experimented with new wave revivalism, tribal beats, and Middle Eastern instrumentation, Rainbow Arabia was 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 focused on Middle Eastern guitar), Rainbow Arabia became actively involved in the experimental L.A. dance-punk scene that year. The band gained recognition quickly, and U.K. label Merok (Crystal Castles, Klaxons) signed on to release their first two EPs, 2008's The Basta and 2009's Kabukimono. Their first full-length, Boys and Diamonds, took a more tropical, dubby direction. It was released by Kompakt in 2011. Second album F.M. Sushi arrived on their own Kompakt imprint Time No Place in 2013, and stripped away the duo's sunny samples, opting instead for a darker dance direction. L.A. Heartbreak followed on the same label in 2016 and tended toward a more new wave-inspired electropop. ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    2008

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