ERIN RAE – ” Lighten Up “

Posted: February 11, 2022 in MUSIC

Here is another fine full-length in the form of Erin Rae’s ‘Lighten Up’. Indeed, Rae’s music might be the more classically country-leaning of all the releases this week, this LP is certainly helmed by sturdy Nashville twang. What’s particularly impressive is how Erin Rae finds plenty of room to explore within the confines of such a well-worn sound, the songcraft of ‘Lighten Up’ ranging from wry lilts such as ‘Modern Woman’ to the triple-time stomp of ‘True Love’s Face’. with aided musical accompaniment from Kevin Morby and Meg Duffy (Hand Habits) show up here too.

“My last record was a lot of self-assessment and criticism, and trying to kick old habits and ways of relating and not relating to people,” Rae acknowledges. “This one is about blossoming, opening up, and living a little more in the present moment. Fully experiencing what it is to be human.”

With a renewed sense of agency, Rae also took a more active role in creating the kaleidoscopic soundscape that became “Lighten Up“, setting out to reflect a sound she calls, “an emotional pallet, I could get lost in.” Alongside Erin and Jonathan Wilson, who contributed various instruments.

Erin Rae has thrown down a direct challenge to the stereotype of what a Southern singer should be. Both lyrically and sonically, she strikes a fiercely independent chord, proudly releasing a deeply personal record that reflects her own upbringing in Tennessee, including the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child that continue to impact her life to this day. Sharing stages with Iron and Wine, Jason Isbell, Jenny Lewis, Hiss Golden Messenger and Father John Misty, before her touring came to a sharp halt at the start of the pandemic. 

Produced by Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Father John Misty, Conor Oberst), Erin Rae’s highly anticipated new album “Lighten Up” is a timeless amalgam of classic pop, cosmic country and indie rock, recorded earlier this year in California’s Topanga Canyon.

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