Strangely Arousing ‘Rain’
This week’s Local Eyes is from Strangely Arousing, a five-piece reggae/ska act hailing, originally, from Rotorua. Rain is the first single from their much-anticipated EP ‘Don’t Panic’.
Launching with a commanding vocal line, Rain borrows elements from Hip-hop and Reggae, combining them with that special brew of synth, horns, bass and classic dub that Strangely have carved out as their signature sound. A testament to the band’s organic growth and continually evolving direction as a class musical act, this latest single is a story of prosperity through unity – a tale that rings with poignant truth at a time where we are all banding together as one.
Stepping out from their usual first-person narrative, Lukas Wharekura’s (vocals/lead guitar) imaginative storytelling sets the song in biblical times, instilling a message of the community coming together as individuals to grow the wealth and productivity of the collective. Rain is built from simple foundations with an addictive bassline, added layers of synth, guitar, and horns to complement the powerful lyrics that fuse together to create a colossal fist-pumping climax.
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