Kristoffer Gildenlöw - Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitars, Double Bass & Glockenspiel
Lars Erik Asp - Drums and Percussion
Paul Coenradie - Electric Guitar
Fredrik Hermansson - Piano & Electric Piano
Anne Bakker - Violin, Viola & Vocals
Maaike - Cello
Cees Pouw - Accordeon
Popkoor Zuilen & Norman Ebicilio - Vocals
Conductor Popkoor Zuilen
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) Additional cello
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.