It’s a challenge to make music inspired by the past that feels fresh, but RALPH has got our attention. Canadian born Raffaela Weyman (who chose the stage name in part for it’s gender ambiguity, part for it’s Magic School Bus ties) is well on her way to becoming one of the newest faces of pop, and for good reason!
Last year, she released her debut, A Good Girl, a breezy pop record inspired by the synth-heavy pop sounds of the ‘80s and the get-up-and-dance feels of disco past. RALPH fits right in over the thumping bass that picks up at the chorus of “Tables Have Turned” and the bubbly synths that overflow on “Gimme,” both of which possess an infectious energy that makes the singer a welcome addition to the genre. Last week, she dropped her latest single, “No Muss No Fuss,” a catchy goodbye to a relationship gone bad.
She’s catching the ear of more than just pop fans, though. Fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen recently invited RALPH to join her as support on her tour through their stomping grounds this fall. With a catalog of tracks that match the energy of Carly Rae’s own disco-inspired Dedicated, we can’t wait to see what she brings to the tour!
Before she heads out, we caught up with RALPH and put her in your shoes to find out which five artists’ shows she wants to catch live. Check it out, then track RALPH to be informed when the pop star on the rise hits your town!
"She’s been a huge influence for me over the last couple years. I love that she’s combining her folk/singer songwriter background with pop music production—I really relate to that. Her songs stand out to me because they feel authentic and unique. She also just seems so genuine, I feel like her performance is probably super charming and she probably says cute, quirky things onstage."
"If you’re not obsessed with Lizzo, you’re dumb. I spent so much of my summer blasting her album and I would loooove to see it live. She’s so fun and funny and dynamic, plus her songs are anthems of power and positivity."
"I’ve been listening to Woozy for the last year and loooove him. It’s such a fun sound, I feel like it’s perfect for literally any moment—car rides, dance parties, sexy moments, whatever. He has a really fun IG persona so I feel like the live show is probably really fun, his band looks hilarious. I wanna party with them."
"OBVIOUSLY. I’ve actually seen Fleetwood Mac before, years ago, but I missed half of the concert like a dummy and was devastated. I saw Stevie Nicks on her solo tour a couple years ago and it was insane, I love her so much, she would talk for 15 minutes in between each song. They’re one of my favorite bands of all time. I need to see them again before they stop touring forever. Seeing ‘Chains’ and ‘Edge of Seventeen’ live is a personal life goal."
"Who doesn’t want to see Justin Vernon live? He’s such a magical man and creator, I love every album he’s put out. I love his fearlessness to experiment, and I love that I have so many different memories attached to each song and each album. I feel like I’ve spent my teen and adult years growing up with his music as my life soundtrack."