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RHAIN

Otherworldly singer-songwriter RHAIN conjures musical magic out of thin air. Armed with just a piano and her immortal melodies, she’s been slaying all who catch her live. Tune in here...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 7 Dec 2016
  • min read
Otherworldly singer-songwriter RHAIN conjures musical magic out of thin air.

Her eerie talent for wringing the weird out of every lyrical or harmonic change elevates her childlike innocence into something far more unsettling – think early Kate Bush, Bjork or Joanna Newsome.

Based in Bristol, the PRS for Music Foundation funded artist has been quietly honing her craft over the last 18 months, winning live slots at Swn Festival, the Drowned in Sound showcase and Cecil Sharp House’s The Gathering.

Armed with just a piano and her immortal melodies, she’s been slaying all who catch her.

Her debut EP, Oscar November Echo, surfaced on iTunes last week, and features studio mates in the form of PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, Alex Lee (Florence & the Machine) and Ali Chant (Youth Lagoon).

The set, an exercise in haunting musical austerity and vocal acrobatics, proves RHAIN is just as amazing on wax as she is on-stage.

We caught up with the flighty Isle of Wight native to learn why Bugsy Malone is her biggest influence and why she feels like Cinderella at her gigs…

I first started making music because…
I wanted to look cool.

I've been making music since…
I was 18. So… 2011!

My music is…
Insular, depressing, raw with lots of attention to the vocal and lyrics whilst the piano accompaniment is eerie, often dissonant and always feels a little bit like someone has dragged it through a hedge backward.

You'll like my music if you listen to…
Artists with big funny (idiosyncratic) voices Kate Bush, Bjork, Fever Ray, Joanna Newsom.

My favourite venue is...
Pop Up. People who put on gigs are often creative people so I love it when I turn up to a venue not knowing what to expect and the audience being in a similar state. I really enjoyed crawling through the rabbit hole-esque entrance and scrambling down the rickety steps of the gig that my friend Emma put on. It was an amazing place to play. I'm fortunate in that my gigging set-up right now is just vocals and keys so I can play pretty much anywhere and the sound will always be pretty good.

Music is important because…
It's human. It connects people.

My biggest inspiration is...
I couldn't think of a good answer to this one. So I asked my sister who at time of writing is right next to me. She said Bugsy Malone. I grew up on a diet of musicals and one of my favourite childhood pass-times was to sing/shout my favourite songs from a musical into the captive ears of my elder siblings on any long car journey. Yeah, Bugsy Malone is a good one.

My dream collaboration would be...
I'd really like it if The Polyphonic Spree took me on as a backing singer.

To try me out, listen to… '
Pavlova. It's recorded just as I would play it live.

If I wasn't making music I'd be…
Making MORE coffee. I still work in a cafe part time but music lets me escape and go on fun musical adventures and meet new people. I feel like Cinderella when I go to gigs... I find that writing is very cathartic. It keeps me slightly saner than I otherwise would be.

In ten years’ time I want to be...
Woah this is an intense question... Erm.  I don't know. Hopefully making music still. But better music. I'm not sure I can answer this...

RHAIN plays her first London headline show at The Waiting Room tonight, 7 December.

http://www.rhainmusic.com/