Raffa Weyman is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-born and-based singer/songwriter, and with her solo recording project RALPH, Weyman quickly emerged into the national and international pop scene with the 2015 release of her debut single “Trouble,” which received attention across the blogosphere for being an effortless fusion of disco-inspired instrumentation and bittersweet pop. Quickly building upon a growing profile, Weyman released a series of attention-grabbing singles that found the up-and-coming artist stretching her sound into different genres while defying genre conventions: “Young Hearts Run Free,” was a country and blues tinged track while “Girl Next Door. ” a collaboration with fellow Canadian rapper TOBi was radio friendly a hip-hop/pop crossover track.
Since then, Weyman has received a Best New Canadian Artist nomination at IHeartRadio’s Much Music Video Awards and has released her full-length RALPH debut A Good Girl — and as Weyman says in press notes, “I wrote ‘A Good Girl’ over the course of a year, maybe a little more…and a lot happened in that year. Because I use songwriting as a type of therapy and a way to explore my feelings, the songs naturally began to reflect everything that was happening in my life. Sometimes I was hurting, other times I was the one hurting someone else, and then to make it more complicated, sometimes I’d be both, like in the last song ‘Cereal’. The album name is a tongue in cheek way of reflecting upon the tracks and their stories, because they represent a multi-faceted character who is good hearted but makes mistakes – no one is ever one thing, we’re not good or bad and shouldn’t feel guilty about it. ” Interestingly, the album’s latest single “Long Distance Lover,” is centered around a breezy and radio friendly production consisting of thumping beats, shimmering and arpeggiated synths, finger-snap led percussion and a razor sharp and infectious hook that nods both at hip-hop and pop with a coquettish air; but the song is anchored by the confusion and longing of a long-distance relationship that the song’s narrator has grown increasingly fed up with. And as a result, the song is a partially a coquettish demand and come on to a lover.
Directed by Ally Pankiw, the recently released video is set at a speed dating event, complete with its rushed awkwardness, big swings and misses and meet cutes that ends with a country line dance/slow dancing session between the new lovers.
RALPH will be touring to support her full-length debut throughout October and November, and the tour includes an October 30, 2018 stop at Baby’s All Right.