Rain Drinkers – Bore Upon the Breath of Dawn
Label – Reverb Worship
01 – Pendulum Bloom
02 – Nemuri
03 – Sands
04 – Bore upon the Breath of Dawn
05 – Yehudi Res
06- Hollow Moon
The label “Reverb Worship” provides us with a recorded meeting between two thirsty gentlemen, Joe Taylor and Zavier Krall, who, upon closer examination, turns to be the alias of Troy Schafer from Numerous acts such as Wreathes, Compass hour and Kinit Her. There is not too much information inside the album otherwise, which is fitting for this obscure project.
With the beautiful opening of “Pendulum Bloom”, as vague alarms of emergency emerge through soft music, “Bore Upon the Breath of Dawn” reveal itself as a delicate, perhaps melancholic and intimate work. Taylor and Krall slowly progress and add droplets of dimmed sounds in order to create a sense of nostalgia. On the forth track, carrying the album’s title, it seems like the different elements that were beautifully scattered throughout the previous tracks finally merge together, like drops of mercury, and for a brief moment create a more traditional musical movement before scattering again.
Standing out is the great track “Yehudi Res”, which introduce a Tangerine Dream – like music and adds it to the weeping violins we already know from this project. This track develops more cinematic characteristics, becoming dramatic and even painful. Closing the album in a distorted, yet soft, haunting howling is another great track, hollow moon.
Abstract, sensual and sensitive, The Rain Drinkers not only experiment with what sounds like field recordings, along with sounds of other origins. They also create for us, or merely introduce us to a well formed and rich musical world which you can already be familiar with if you happen to know their other projects. Making this project stand out, however, on my perspective at least, is the seemingly deliberate emphasis on the brittle side of their music, a move which results in a vulnerable, intimate and charismatic ritual.