Local four-piece the Rainy States
has come a long way since its first release, In the Basement Air
, three years ago.
Singer Betsy Johnson's smooth, sexy, sultry vocals are still the act's biggest drawcard, but the band as a whole has refined and polished its bluesy, R&B-inspired indie sound with clean, cruisey guitars, crisp beats and some beautiful harmonies
from the band's quiet-achiever, guitarist and backup vocalist Kevin Morgan.
"In the Darkness Darling" is probably the least emblematic song off the Rainy State's upcoming album, The Push and the Plan
, but it's such a beautiful track that I'm going to share it anyway.
The song sees Morgan's husky voice step out of Johnson's shadow, taking on shared vocal duties in a bluesy, bittersweet duet
with minimal instrumentation, save for some classical string crescendos and a smattering of guitar and tambourine in the background.
For a better idea of the album's generally pacier sound, also have a listen to the lead single, "New Castle", which the band released as a vinyl 45 last year:
The Rainy States are playing at Burgerville (SE Hawthorne and 12th) tonight with the Shaky Hands and Starparty. 6 pm. Free. All Ages.
Image courtesy of Studio A Photography.
The Rainy StateSpace