New Sounds: RANN ride a tidal wave of restructured pop on ‘Copycat’


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Two years ago next month, Rann headed down to Texas to party with us at SXSW, leaving a trail of vibrant psych-pop in their wake. After that afternoon under the tent in Austin, the Boston-born band returned to their home base of Brooklyn to fine-tune their sound, and one of the first results is a kaleidoscopic indie-pop banger called “Copycat.”

And even calling it a banger might be slightly off-course, as the track doesn’t as much barge and barrel into our headspaces as it slinks and slides with charismatic cool. A dance floor number in a post-dance party era, “Copycat” is a sleek tidal wave of restructured pop, a stadium-sized single wound tightly for the digital era.

And the track hits out, lyrically, at those who run suspect all around us. You know who they are.

“When I wrote ‘Copycat,’ I couldn’t help but think of the indifference cats are known for and how that relates to unreciprocated love at a human level,” Rann drummer and lyricist Joe Ulmer tells Earmilk, which premiered the track earlier this week. “So the story follows that concept.”

“Copycat” will be featured on Rann’s upcoming EP Renegade Holiday, which hits February 24 with a release party at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Swan dive into this certified jam below via Soundcloud of the SANCTVS-directed visual.

Featured Rann photo by Shervin Lainez.