The Rain to see a worldwide release on April 7th 2016 in both CD and Digital formats via Melodic Revolution Records and will be available as a pre-sale on March 29th 2016 for a limited time at a special low price.
Gildenlöw’s eleven year career as bass player in the progressive rock band Pain of Salvation set the wheels in motion for his solo career, which took flight with release of his debut album RUST (2013), paving way for The Rain. In addition to vocals, Gildenlöw performs a wide range of instruments and uses carefully selected guest musicians – adding strings, accordion and church organ – to make this album come to life.
The Rain – Track List:
- After The Rain pt. II
- Holding On pt. I
- Seeking The Sun pt. I
- Seeking The Sun pt. II
- Holding On pt. II
- See it All
- Peripheral Memory
- Breathe In, Breathe Out
- In the Evening
- It Was Me
- All For You
- The Funeral pt. I
- The Funeral pt. II
Kristoffer Gildenlöw: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitars, Double Bass, Percussion, Glockenspiel
Lars Erik Asp: Drums & Percussion (Gazpacho)
Paul Coenradie: Electric Guitar (Valentine, Aniday)
Fredrik Hermansson: Piano & Electric Piano (Pain of Salvation)
Anne Bakker: Violin, Viola & Vocals (Blaze Bayley)
Maaike Peterse: Cello (Kovacs, Ayreon, Kingfisher Sky)
Norman Ebicilio: Vocals on Drizzle
Cees Pouw: Accordion
Theo Teunisen: Church Organ
Popkoor Zuilen: Choir
Rienk Speelman: Conductor
Recorded, Mixed and Produced at New Joke Studios (NL) by Kristoffer Gildenlöw except: Drums Lars Erik Asp Recorded at Anywhere Studios (NO), Guitars Paul Coenradie Recorded at Legacy Studio (NL) by Patrick Terwee, Keyboards Fredrik Hermansson Recorded at Livingroom Studios (S) and Additional Cello Recorded at Here’s Johnny Studios (NL). Mastered at Fine Tune Mastering Studio (NL) by Peter van’t Riet; Artwork by BlackLake Design (NL)
About The Rain:
The deep tones of how the mind fights against itself resonate throughout this powerful and poignant work by Kristoffer Gildenlöw. A brilliant effort after his highly acclaimed first solo release: Rust (2013); a thematic album which delved into the realities of aging and one’s perspectives on past, future and ultimately reconciliation with life choices. Again, Gildenlöw has chosen a heavy subject for the theme of The Rain; which is a concept album that examines the life of a man in later stages of dementia who struggles with his own reality, perceived through the metaphor of rain and clouds.
The gentleness of the piano passages oppose the angst and turmoil which lie beneath. The gentle pace at which the album progresses is reflective of the destructive force of the disease upon the man, and you find yourself at the tipping point with the track, ‘Breath In, Breath Out’. It is through this lyrically beautiful song that the realization of the end becomes apparent; leaving the listener grasping for the beauty captured in the mind’s eye.