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Russo's 'Joyride' Is A Trip

Luscious indie pop from one of the best bands around.

L.A.'s indie pop outfit Russo takes listeners on a "Joyride" with their new music video.

Russo was born when Cailin Russo, who was working solo, decided she wanted to feel connected to something bigger. She wanted a band and after auditioning several musicians, she eventually teamed up with Haley Brownell (drums, vocals), Sean Ritchie (bass), and Tyler McCarthy (guitar).

Almost overnight, the group rocketed to national and international status, touring with Dream Wife in the U.S., and then sharing the spotlight with Gomez and Black Honey in Europe, making their U.K. debut via the BBC's Introducing Stage at Festivals in Reading and Leeds.

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"Joyride" opens with glistening arpeggios and Russo's captivating voice, nuanced by a taut erotic inflection and charming eliding tones. A piano and trembling bass line bridge the way to the alt-pop melody, riding on smooth, radiant colors.

The wistful, sensuous savor of Russo's voice is sublime, patterned with lofty textures and an easy intimacy and flickering with fervent heat. It's a lush with posh timbres and sonic charisma.

The video, directed by Danica Kleinknecht, was shot in the desert near Palmdale, California. Opening with Russo seated in a white stretch limo, the visuals are a surreal pastiche, colorful strangeness silhouetted against a barren backdrop. The contrast gives the video a flamboyant visual articulation.


Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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