Rainy Day Regatta – The Music is On

Rainy Day Regatta
The Music is On

When I listened to the first Tristeza album – I think that was the time when I felt there was a shift in independent music away from loud and angry to quiet and lovely. I mentioned it in that review, and since then, there has been a return to acoustic guitar and instrumental pieces. Maybe it was there all along and I just wasn’t in tune with that side of music, but I know that we have been receiving significantly more quiet and lovely music lately at DOA. It’s a trend that I applaud: focusing on the beauty and wonder of music.
Rainy Day Regatta sure do that. With acoustic guitars, piano, and a xylophone, this band has crafted some lovely songs. I asked the guy at the music store if this, the band’s first album, was as good as their recent 3-song EP. He said not by a long shot. But I think it’s pretty close. These songs are gorgeous works, filled with acoustic guitar, keys, soft and pretty vocals, and a focus on songwriting. Remember songwriting? Rainy Day Regatta do.
The opener is odd, a distorted radio with some backing guitar, but “Spinning” is really quite nice. You get a good sense of the talent of this band in the acoustic guitar, both rhythm and melody, fast at times and slow and sparse at others. And the vocal harmonies singing “and I’m still spinning” are really wonderful. The short instrumental “(in f & e)” is all acoustic guitar and is really well done, and it leads very nicely into the title track, which uses some somber piano as a wonderful backdrop to the guitars, adding a bit more intensity and depth to this track. “The Beauty in That Time Was Forgetting the Details” is another instrumental that uses far more intense and powerful acoustic guitar, interspersed with almost little classical, melodic bits, and “Gazing Away” focuses on the nice vocal harmonies and provides several changes of rhythm and pace. “I’ll be Home From Wednesday” is my favorite song here, reminding me of the textured and lengthy “California” on the band’s most recent EP. This song is wonderful, with a perfect flow and absolutely gorgeous guitar work. It flows nicely into the more subdued and light “Stars.” And the closer, “Nothing Left to Say,” starts off as quiet as any slow-core song, just barely playing the guitar, but it slowly picks up, gaining a bit of a pop structure but keeping its somber, contemplative quality. A beautiful finish.
It’s tough to describe Rainy Day Regatta’s music. Think the acoustic work of The Halifax Pier, the vocal melodies of Ida, the sparse and quiet beauty of Low, the poppy but quiet side of Idaho, the folk-pop of Red House Painters, and you get a sense of this band. These songs are quite nice, perfect listening for late-night drives, quiet, snowy afternoons, and everything in between.