PSA: You’re going to want to sit back and close your eyes for this one. Los Angeles four-man band raener has just unveiled another piece to the puzzle of their forthcoming EP, and it’s a slow-burning, meditative journey through various sonic landscapes that will enrich your musical palette through one tentative listen. If you enjoy the experimental, electronic-leaning sounds of Deerhunter, Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, and/or Darkside, then raener just might become your new obsession.
Following suit to psychedelic greats, “No Sun” starts off with a calm tempo and menacingly smooth vocals, only to build with disparate organically-produced sounds into what seems to be a climactic moment of enlightenment around 3:08. The band disclosed that “No Sun” was both literally and symbolically written about “a period last year where it felt like the sun wasn’t coming up anymore.”
Daniel Fox, Will van Boldrik, Zach Bilson, and Daniel Vanchieri of raener came together in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles, began to explore and test eclectic sonic territories, and eventually found themselves recording their debut EP in a Santa Barbara beach house. Fox shared on the inspiration behind the record,
“While the songs were primarily recorded in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, they are a snapshot from a year when everything was changing drastically. From graduating, to the dissolve of relationships, to our dependence on technology, to the strange turn the worlds seemed to take, these songs served as a coping mechanism to the information we’re constantly being bombarded with. The EP serves as a glimpse of a much larger body of work soon to come."
Your first listen of “No Sun” is below:
Catch raener live on tour with Beach Fossils this fall; all dates below: