Portland-based singer-songwriter Shawn Brown introduces his brand-new EP, The Rain Parade, a deeply private six-track assortment of music.
After virtually a decade of not enjoying music, Brown’s buddy, Rafa Cirne Lima, inspired Brown to select up his guitar and work on what turned Angel of Oakland, an EP launched in 2021, in addition to The Rain Parade.
Brown explains, “This complete factor got here out of pure friendship. I’d been out of music for about 10 years and Rafa simply wasn’t having it. He had this magical means of coaxing me again into writing, which become jamming, which become a full-blown recording undertaking. Myself, Grecco Buratto, and Rafa – we had been making music for ourselves, and all these different vastly proficient individuals simply saved leaping on board with what we had been doing. Seems, I had quite a bit to say in these songs, so I’m grateful individuals get to listen to it. To me, the entire EP simply feels like associates lovin’ on one another.”
Musicians on the EP embrace Brendan Buckley (Morrisey), Daniel Clarke (Ryan Adams), and singer-songwriter Alexia Anne. Lima contributed bass on the EP whereas Buratto combined the EP, performed guitars, and keyboards, and contributed backing vocals. The EP was mastered by Justin Moshkevich (Rufus Wainwright).
The Rain Parade begins with “Discover One other Approach,” a rootsy-rock-flavored track that includes a measured rhythm, gleaming guitars, and Brown’s distinctive, luscious reedy voice, imbuing the lyrics with considerate timbres.
Entry factors embrace “Testify,” that includes Alexia Anne, a potent track using a syncopated rhythm. When Alexia Anne’s voice joins Brown’s, the lyrics tackle searing tones, rife with unbridled emotion. A private favourite due to its pushing movement, the title observe provides wealthy, glittering guitars using a decent, propulsive rhythm. Brown’s depraved, inimitable vocals imbue the lyrics with pressing vitality.
One other gem, “9th Road Hymn,” rolls out on an alluring intro, highlighted by a trickling guitar. Imprecise solutions of The Black Crowes and the Goo Goo Dolls infuse the tune with engaging aromas and visceral tangs.
The Rain Parade is great, stuffed with tasty washes of sound. Nonetheless and all, it’s the incomparable voice of Shawn Brown that makes the EP superlative.