Aaron Maine has announced his fourth album as Porches, Ricky Music, out March 13 on Domino. The art-pop singer-songwriter has also shared a new single, “Do U Wanna,” and announced a North American tour.
Arriving alongside a video directed by prior Porches collaborator Nick Harwood (“Goodbye,” “Country”), “Do U Wanna” finds Maine struggling to come out of his shell—in the video, he and his therapist take turns asking each other the song’s central question (“Do you wanna dance?”), cycling through various emotional and physical reactions before finally surrendering their bodies to the dance as the song reaches its cathartic climax. In the video’s last shot, Maine washes the red out of his hair, as if assuming a new identity.
“‘Do U Wanna’ is a song about looking at yourself and realizing the disparity between how you’d like to act and how you actually act. The fun you vs. the isolated you,” Maine explains in a statement. “I feel like with the refrain I’m almost taunting myself to get up and do something.”
“Do U Wanna” is actually the second advance track from Maine’s follow-up to 2018’s The House: He released the excellent “rangerover” as an apparent one-off in October 2019, and includes the song on Ricky Music as a bonus track.
Ricky Music, featuring contributions from Zsela and Dev Hynes, and co-production by Jacob Portrait, is described in a press release as “11 emotionally open, cracked-glass pop songs” that “[expand] on the Porches discography.”
Maine says of his new record:
My new album, Ricky Music, was written and recorded between Dec 2017 and the spring of 2019. Mostly in New York at my apartment, but some of it in Chicago, Los Angeles and various cities while touring around Europe. This record is an account of the beauty, confusion, anger, joy and sadness I experienced during that time. I think I was as lost as I was madly in love. In these songs I hear myself sometimes desperate for clarity, and other times, having enough perspective to laugh at myself in some of my darkest moments. That’s sort of what this album is about, I hope you enjoy it.
Maine’s 29-date North American headlining tour hits both coasts, beginning with a March 23 show in Richmond, Va., making a two-night stand in San Francisco on April 3-4 and culminating in an April 29 performance at Webster Hall in New York City. Sassy 009 provides support. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. local time—you can get yours via Porches’ website.
Watch the “Do U Wanna” video below, and see the details of Ricky Music and Porches’ tour dates further down.
Ricky Music Tracklist:
02. Do U Wanna
03. Lipstick Song
05. I Wanna Ride
07. I Can’t Even Think
10. Wrote Some Songs
11. rangerover (bonus track)
Ricky Music Album Art:
Porches North American Tour Dates:
23 – Richmond, Va. @ The Broadberry*
24 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle*
25 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Exit/In*
27 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall*
28 – Austin, Texas @ Scoot Inn*
29 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees*
31 – Solana Beach, Calif. @ Belly Up Tavern*
01 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Fonda Theatre*
03 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent*
04 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent*
06 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom*
07 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Fox Cabaret*
08 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumos*
10 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge*
11 – Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theatre*
13 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Vaudeville Mews*
14 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Fine Line*
15 – Madison, Wis. @ High Noon Saloon*
16 – Chicago, Ill. @ Thalia Hall*
17 – Columbus, Ohio @ A&R Music Bar*
18 – Detroit, Mich. @ Deluxx Fluxx*
20 – Toronto, Ont. @ Lee’s Palace*
21 – Montreal, Que. @ Bar Le Ritz PDB*
22 – South Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground Showcase*
23 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club*
24 – Pawtucket, R.I. @ The Met RI*
25 – Washington, D.C. @ The Black Cat*
27 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ First Unitarian Church*
29 – New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall*
(* with Sassy 009)