The Navigator. Such electronica-laced tracks as “Hungry Ghost” mark a shift in sound for the New Orleans band, which first came to attention in 2007 with a more rootsy mix of folk and blues. The change in styles also is reflected in the new songs’ subject matter, which was inspired in part by Segarra’s exploration of her Puerto Rican heritage. “First they stole our language, then they stole our names,” she sings coolly over the funky passages of “Rican Beach.” Local openers Kera & the Lesbians segue from languid garage-soul and down-home folk intimacy to dreamier bursts of pop exotica.
“Tomorrow will come like the turning of the sun over tall buildings and the beating of drums,” Alynda Lee Segarra confides over a bed of percussion and under a wash of strings on the title track of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new album,