Arriving three years since their mesmerizing new age-tinted synth-pop offering 'FM Sushi', Rainbow Arabia's third full-length album 'LA Heartbreak' wades through familiar neon waters but even more deliberately - keeping the focus on what distinguishes them from the sea of electronic pop acts out there - Danny Preston's adventurously exquisite arrangements, sturdy songcraft, and Tiffany Preston's potent vocal delivery.
'LA Heartbreak''s dreamy, melodic machine pop takes cues from Tangerine Dream, OMD, Moroder, Jan Hammer - confidently painting with bolder strokes with leaner, brighter production and infectious hooks evoking 80s radio pop that skew more towards Madonna and Cyndi Lauper rather than darker post-punk influences referenced on Rainbow Arabia's earlier albums.
Recorded at home in Los Angeles, 'LA Heartbreak' was born out of tumultuous time for the duo with lyrical themes waxing on failing relationships, mortality, and change. In the 3 years since their last record, the couple have been co-running the left-field leaning electronic label Time No Place, while slowly piecing together songs for LP #3 inspired by the diverse selection of electronic and dance music scenes in LA they are engrained in. However, after many arduous months of recording, further exacerbating the fracture in their musical partnership and marriage, that album was scrapped. They opted to instead start new and record something more direct and honest.
The resulting 9 songs on 'LA Heartbreak' benefit from the duo's best instincts. By deciding to write and record the album quickly, a sense of immediacy shines within this vital collection of prismatic synth-pop.