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Bouncing between states, “indie soul” singer and songwriter Arum Rae went from performing on any stage possible—including dive bars, mental hospitals, and organic produce markets—to landing a high-profile placement on ABC’s Nashville, touring with the likes of Gary Clark, Jr. and B.B. King, and independently releasing her 2014 Warranted Queen EP acclaimed by Noisey, Spin, Paste, and more. On that road, she came face-to-face with addiction, loss, heartbreak, and everything in between. Her inspiration derives from a diverse musical palette including Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Outkast, Bill Withers and ultimately creating a multi-faceted musical experience for the listener. On the heels of her recent Loners EP and forthcoming unplugged collection entitled Sub Rosa, Arum’s story comes into focus on her debut full-length album, slated for release in fall 2017.Truth is, Arum (“Water Lily” in Latin) began subconsciously working towards this path as a child. Born into an “extremely Christian” household, she recalls, “There was never any music playing in the car. We weren’t even able to listen to it until I was seven.”
Growing up in Colorado Springs, she found herself enrolled in school music programs at a young age. Kicked out of her first high school and quickly leaving the second, a music teacher at the third school recognized her gift. He eventually helped the budding songstress receive a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Upon graduating, she cut her teeth on the road and penned what would become 2005’s Arum Rae inside a tiny Virginia cabin. She quietly honed her craft and toured under the name White Dress alongside Clark and The Civil Wars in addition to gracing bills with Willie Nelson, Dan Auerbach, and more. During a break in 2012, she received a serendipitous call.
Relocating to Brooklyn, her writing success continued, with her music being featured on shows ranging from Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars to Girlfriends Guide to Divorce and American Idol. Notably, her song “Something’s Happening to Me” soundtracked a Microsoft campaign for the Surface Pro 3, which debuted during the GRAMMY Awards, while “Waving Wild” appeared prominently on ABC’s The Catch. However, tragedy struck her family with the overdose of her brother Haven .She draws upon that experience in “Wasn’t My Time,” the standout single from Loners. Tempering a Southern-inspired blues strut and sweeping strings with her robust jazzy delivery, the track remains gorgeously haunting. Produced by Ken Lewis [Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar], it opens up the world of Loners.Arum produced the rest of the EP in addition to performing most of the instruments. It’s distinctly her vision. “Heaven” trumpets a gospel-size chant over delicate pluck and airy hum dedicated to her brother. Spurred on by her obsession with Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, “War” paints a portrait of unrest amidst the natural yearning for love written over the course of seven years.
Now, Arum’s stories have the power to resound with listeners worldwide on Loners. http://www.arumrae.com/
Ben Rabb, whose first EP, Until It’s Gone, was written after an influential move to NYC. Ben is a modern folksinger steeped in the fingerpicked sounds of the greats — James Taylor, Eric Andersen, Joni Mitchell — but more closely aligned with modern, indie-minded songwriters like David Gray. Boosted by lightly layered arrangements courtesy of producer Mike Davidson (known for his engineering work on albums by Regina Spektor, St. Vincent and Jose Gonzalez), Until It’s Gone sounds like the sort of easy-going album you’d play while drinking your coffee on Sunday morning.
Everything started in the Midwest, where Rabb spent his first 10 years. After the family moved to Connecticut, Rabb picked up the guitar and began strumming his first chords as a teenager. By the time he finally moved to New York in his mid-20s, Rabb had already spent a decade jumping from city to city, steadily collecting the stories that would eventually fill his own music.
Rabb quickly became a member of the local folk community after he moved to New York. He hit the city’s concert circuit, too, playing regular gigs at venues like the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall. When it came time to record Until It’s Gone, though, he headed north to Mike Davidson’s studio in Boston, MA. There, Rabb recorded six songs about life and love, decorating the songs with piano, bass, acoustic guitar and brushed percussion. The most poignant of the bunch, “Take My Hand,” was written after Rabb watched a breaking news update about the Syrian civil war. http://www.benrabb.com