Riki Shares Spacious New Single “Florence & Selena“

Photo by Dustin Edward Arnold

Building an atmospheric and spacious sound, Los Angeles-based Riki illuminates the soul’s deepest thoughts with her new single, “Florence & Selena.” The tracks grows with a cascade of awe-inspiring instrumentals and echoey, dreamy vocals in which Riki beautifully captures the journey of two friends.

“Opening the scene is a moody line on the saxophone, played by Charles Gorzcinsky, followed by Josh’s nostalgic twinkling keys,” says Riki. “This crescendos to a peak before a momentary breath in. To breathe in is to inspire: to animate the spirit. In this case it is to tell the story of old friends whose path forward is yet unknown.”

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Written by Riki and produced by Telefon Tel Aviv‘s Joshua Eustis, “Florence & Selena” starts off with a classically 80s saxophone solo and expands from there, blooming into a beautiful bouquet of sound and rhythmic delight. Riki’s vocals sail effortlessly atop a pillowy layer of synth and drums as she strikes a tone that is echoey, yet rich.

Riki’s new single, as well as her previous release, “Marigold” will both be on her sophomore album, Gold — due November 26 from Dais Records. Working with Eustis in his Pasadena home studio, the album unfolds with a delicate and carefully thought out finesse, working in moments of sound native to Los Angeles and Southern California as Riki explores the underworking of emotions and intangible themes that weave within and without our lives. Dissolving into a symbolic realm of moods and moments, Riki’s album captures the essence of melancholy, nostalgia and letting go.

Riki is slated to perform Nov. 28 in Los Angeles at the Substance Festival at The Belasco Theater, as well as next year, April 8 in San Diego at the Casbah.

Words: Patti Sanchez

For more on Riki, make sure to check out her Dais artist page and Bandcamp and follow her on Instagram.

Nov 28 Los Angeles, CA – Substance Festival at The Belasco Theater
Jan 14 San Diego, CA – The Whistle Stop
Jan 15 Las Vegas, NV – Oddfellows
Jan 27 Brooklyn, NY – Synthicide at Saint Vitus
Mar 15 Denver, CO – Lost Lake +
Mar 17 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club +
Mar 18 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall +
Mar 19 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop +
Mar 21 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary +
Mar 22 Toronto, ON – The Garrison +
Mar 24 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz +
Mar 25 Boston, MA – Sonia +
Mar 26 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg +
Mar 27 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA +
Mar 28 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery +
Mar 29 Richmond, VA – The Camel +
Mar 20 Durham, NC – Motorco +
Apr 01 Atlanta, GA – Purgatory at The Masquerade +
Apr 02 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa +
Apr 03 Houston, TX – Satellite Bar +
Apr 04 Austin, TX – The Parish +
Apr 05 Dallas, TX – Three Links Deep Ellum +
Apr 07 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge +
Apr 08 San Diego, CA – The Casbah +
Apr 10 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop +
Apr 13 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore +
Apr 14 Seattle, WA – Crocodile +
Apr 15 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios +
Apr 16 Boise, ID – Neurolux +
+notes dates with Choir Boy

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