Random Recipe celebrate their 10th anniversary with Distractions, a fiercely independent and crowdsourced third album, catalyzed by hundreds of shows played all over the world. Now a trio, the group strongly reaffirm their quirky musical identity with this collection of 8 songs co-produced by Philippe Brault and FOXTROTT, who definitely brought a bold, percussive and dazzling quality to the project.
After Kill the Hook (2013) and Fold It! Mold It! (2010), Frannie, Fab and Liu-Kong embarked on a creative journey propelled by inspiring collaborations. Partners in crime Marie-Hélène L. Delorme (FOXTROTT), Marie-Pierre Arthur, Rhonda Smith (Prince), Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Lisa Iwanycki (Blood and Glass), Heartstreets, Tali Taliwah (Nomadic Massive), Giselle Numba One, Sunny Moonshine (Sunny & Gabe) and Emily Lazar encouraged them to redefine, reaffirm and enrich their musical trajectory. On this new album, Random Recipe have infused their trademark eclectic sound with pop, rap, funk and electro.
During the writing process, the group chose to question the music industry, and above all, women’s contribution and evolution in the music world. As a result, the lyrics of the songs on Distractions (the title alludes to our era of constant entertainment, overabundant information and ephemeral satisfaction) explore these social, political and feminist issues. Never before had the two singers’ complementary voices been so biting!
Their newest track truly questions the way our world works. The lyricism stands out most in the song, as one of the first lines is, “It really kills me that I’d want to be a princess, not even a queen”, which makes the listener really think about our ideals and norms currently in society. The production is simple, yet ominous, and leaves a lot of room for the ideas that the track wants the listener to take into consideration. This is an amazing track as we continue to fight for equality, check out the video below.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.