“laid-back, confident new wave-meets-classic rock cut containing just the right amount of Nick Lowe and early R.E.M.” – VICE
“goes back and forth through the American Underground…certainly one to watch” – Zane Lowe – BEATS 1
“Rathborne’s sweetly deranged way with a melody brings to mind Brit 70s art-punk hot-boxing a runaway mustang with Ty Segall.” – Q Magazine
Ribbon Music is very pleased to announce the signing of Luke Rathborne, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Maine singer/songwriter who since moving to New York has garnered an impressive following through recent 2015 release Soft. Today, Rathborne has two new songs to share – “Don’t Call Me Baby,” an evocative pop tune, and “I Wish I Was A Bird,” a dreamy ballad.
In contrast to most of his peers, after high school graduation Luke Rathborne wasn’t packing up to head to college; he was on his way from his hometown in Brunswick, Maine to New York City, eager to start learning his life lessons there. A precocious talent, Rathborne had been making music since his early teens – playing in high school punk bands, and sneaking into the local college radio station at night to record his own music. By age 18, his hunger for a larger scene to immerse himself in was palpable.
After moving to New York, Rathborne started his own small label True Believer in order to self-release tracks (independently garnering over 9 million streams on Spotify), and booking his own shows across the city. Early attention from press came – Noisey, Vogue, Nylon, Interview Magazine, and Billboard have all written about him, with SPIN describing the most recent release as “channeling the garage-rock sludge of Ty Segall and resurrecting the melodic charms of R.E.M.”
As his inaugural release with Ribbon Music, “Don’t Call Me Baby” and “I Wish I Was A Bird” are Rathborne’s first steps outside of the DIY ethos and mark a transition in his direction. Stay tuned for more from Luke Rathborne.
“Don’t Call Me Baby” was co-produced by Claudius Mittendorfer and Luke Rathborne and features Darren Will on bass. “I Wish I Was A Bird” was co-produced by Ted Young and Luke Rathborne. Both tracks will be available digitally only.