TRACK PREMIERE: MICHAEL DAVID “RAIN II”
Michael David is half of L.A.’s sophisticated disco-electronic duo Classixx, and this new solo work “Rain II” is a pocket symphony that glides between genre and style like a bird in flight. It sounds like it was born in a place between AOR and new age, between Japan and Brazil—Hosono’s Paraiso and Malheiros’ Atlantic Forest, to really specify the geography—and between about 1978 and just about right now. (Steve Hiett‘s sea of tranquility isn’t far off, either.) David works in waves and motion instead of movements and chapters, and “Rain II”‘s six minutes flow like a solo night drive, a coral reef dive or a dream of both at once. In fact, those unique moments when it feels like everyone else in the world is in bed are exactly when “Rain II” was made, says David:
“‘Rain II’ and ‘There in Spirit’ are two songs that I made over the past year, mostly late at night in my garage while my family was sleeping. I’ve recently been interested in reintroducing some instruments from my high school years into the production. On ‘Rain II’ you’ll hear a 12 string guitar and percussion which is mostly made up of a Roland DR-5, a very unpopular drum machine from the mid-90s that my dad bought me when I was a kid. I also recorded the songs on a Tascam multi-track tape recorder. It was really nice to step away from the computer, the production process was very fulfilling and restorative.”
“Rain II” is a quarter of David’s coming Rain II / There In Spirit EP on Cascine, due out Nov. 22 and following his Melona EP for Is It Balearic? in September. And if you can hold out for a few weeks more, hi-fi bar In Sheep’s Clothing will host a listening party for the Rain II EP—a perfect venue for a record truly worth some deep and dedicated listening.