Rain City Ambience

Seattle-based Northwest music source established in 2005
  • Album Review : Exotype – Exotype

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    Rise Records strikes again. This time they are arming their musical artillery with the debut self-titled from Exotype. The album is for metalcore/prog-metal tastes with a bit of electronic, with the over saturation of production making every moment seem absolutely huge. This style of production …


  • : Alive Like Me – Only Forever

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    Alive Like Me is a band based in Oregon. The quintet is releasing their debut album through Rise Records on Tuesday, October 7th. It’s hard to place the entirety of Only Forever into one specific genre. Contextually, they have some of the standard Rise Records post-hardcore/metalcore sound, including, but not …


  • Album Review : Hostage Calm – Die On Stage

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    The addictive act known as Hostage Calm are back, and this time, their music is more stylistically consistent. Their pop infested fusion of punk resonated well with fans on their last smash hit Please Remain Calm. After losing their eclectic and talented drummer in February, the band continued on to release an …


  • Local Spotlight : The Wild – A Finite Number Of Years

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    As crystal clear as the water in the artwork, The Wild’s debut EP A Finite Number Of Years opens with ‘Just A Memory,’ featuring bright acoustics and luscious melodies. The tone is really fitting for the vocal style, which is rare considering the falsetto taking dominance on the track. But it is not the impressive …


  • Album Review : Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

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    Jenny Lewis, formally of the wildly popular indie band Rilo Kiley, will release The Voyager on July 29, 2014, her first solo album in 6 years.With a mix of LA power-pop and Fleetwood Mac realness, this album is jam packed full of darkness and light like a well written …


  • Album Review : To The Wind – Block Out The Sun & Sleep

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    When you live in a small town, often times there are a few bands that play in your immediate area. One time my band opened up for our hometown hardcore band, and also on the list was To The Wind. Blistering riffs and heavy melodic music seared the audience that night from the Seattle quintet. Their debut Empty …


  • Album Review : Anberlin – Lowborn

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    On Anberlin’s breakout 2008 major label debut, New Surrender, frontman Stephen Christian passionately sang that he wanted to “burn out brighter, brighter than the Northern lights.” Flash forward to 2014, and after 11 years of musical output, Anberlin has decided that it’s better to burn out bright than …


  • Album Review : Allison Weiss – Remember When

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    A year ago, a talented singer/songwriter favorited a tweet of mine about corn jokes in Iowa. She had just exited the stage in front of me after twisting my heart around and ingraining her melodies into my head. She introduced ‘Wait For Me’ as a delicate love song, but what happened was the crowd turned off any …


  • Album Review : New Lungs – Reviver

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    Many bands have tried to imagine the color spectrum in the form of sonic devices. Bands have been very successful at producing different colors with multiple songs (The Dear Hunter, Between The Buried And Me), but Seattle’s own New Lungs spans a variety of moods and styles on the opening track of their newest …


  • Album Review : Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other

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    I honestly thought I could not be blown away by Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell again. His closing statement on ‘I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral,’ “We all want to be great men but there’s nothing romantic about it, I just want to know that I did all I could with what I was given,” was the highlight of The Greatest Generation …