With Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Future Islands) in the co-producer's seat, the sessions for Racy took place at Dreamland in Kingston, NY and at DNA Downtown in NYC over the first few months of 2013. Crafting a more fluid listening experience with Racy also meant a more active role in the studio for frontman Noel Heroux’s longtime bandmates--bassist Chris Principe, drummer Joe Ciampini, and keyboardist/vocalist Jessica Zambri. “I’m still writing, arranging and doing the preliminary recording”, Heroux says. “But then it’s all funneled out through our scrappy rock band.” Racy is very much a rock album. Featuring nine finely etched songs rendered to life by Coady’s crystalline production, Racy represents a bold and beautiful step into the light for Hooray for Earth.
"HFE is an indie-pop band that really isn't beholden to any sort of trend... Noel Heroux's delivering a deceptively forceful performance while drums boom and guitars chug, waiting for the festival masses to arrive." - Pitchfork