“Plant rock from boston” is the Bandcamp summary of Raavi & the Houseplants. It’s accurate; their brand of indie rock is tranquil and comfortable, similar to Snail Mail’s Lush or Strange Ranger’s Remembering the Rockets, though sometimes it discreetly branches out into quiet math rock. It uses simplicity to explore the complexities of life—it’s beautiful from afar, but the closer you get to it, the more you can see its danger, like a cactus. Their new single, “Sticky,” which we’re premiering today, wrestles with disillusionment and insecurity through playful, sparkling guitars and powerful, culminating harmonies.
“I started writing the riff for ‘Sticky’ while we were recording the “Nora” music video,” lead vocalist Raavi Lucia says. “I was going through a hard time and I felt that I had to smile and fake confidence while playing shows every weekend. ‘Sticky’ is about me feeling completely stuck right before the finish line and all the reasons why I should be happy but wasn’t. Even through I wrote the song before quarantine, the pandemic gave the song a whole new meaning.”
Listen to “Sticky” below.