Eyes open; awake. Mind aching to return to its dream state. However, even with sleep in your eyes, today your body decides to ignore your mind’s call. You move groggily down your hallway to the kitchen in search of coffee, your shuffled footsteps hushed away by the rain sputtering against walls. Outside seems to want to go back to sleep, too. Instead of reeling you back to your sheets, though, this notion drives you to remain conscious. If the world is going to drag today, maybe you can catch up. A unique contrast, to be sure; where the calm of sleep meets your tolerance for being awake.
Lowell’s own Rainsound is the sonic manifestation of this feeling. Versatility is by no means a simple attribute to garner when composing music, yet the calm translucence of the guitar work mixed with the powerful rhythms and vocal leads, namely on its two most recent tracks, “Chrysalism” and “Wake”, seem second-nature to Rainsound. This dynamic blend has been undoubtedly characteristic to Rainsound’s vibe its entire life. “Chrysalism” and “Wake” are particularly interesting, however because they both incorporate Rainsound’s habitual sonic concoction without sounding forced, overproduced, or artificial. The foundations of both of these songs maintains their own raw, straightforward grooves while still delivering punchy vocal lines, spacious melodies and tones from the depths of foreign oceans.
Rainsound describes itself as “ambient emo”. As apt as the term might be, it simply cannot embody everything that Rainsound showcases. Do your ears a favor and check it out. – Luke Pelletier