Raina Rose | Despite the Crushing Weight of Gravity

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Despite the Crushing Weight of Gravity

by Raina Rose

IndieFolk on a sugar induced pop crime spree. Raina's songs are like falling down laughing in a garage sale when you find the one thing you've never known you've always wanted.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Texas
3:47 $0.99
2. Canary
4:53 $0.99
3. See You Singing
5:54 $0.99
4. Peace is a Tree
3:43 $0.99
5. Back Alley Butcher
3:20 $0.99
6. Mt. Hood Moth Infestation
5:47 $0.99
7. Nameless Ship (Tappy Tappy)
3:11 $0.99
8. Evergreen House, 2nd Floor
2:28 $0.99
9. Stupid Song
2:54 $0.99
10. Bicycle
4:05 $0.99
11. Tall White Lilies
4:22 $0.99
12. Fine Fine Fine
3:42 $0.99
13. Somnambulist
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Album Notes
Raina Rose's love of music was born high on a hill in Eagle Rock, CA as a toddler when her father would bust out his 1973 Mossman guitar and play Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, and the Lovin' Spoonful while she and her sister would dance and sing. Raina's sister used to play the Beatles and Joni Mitchell through the wall on an old turntable. At eleven, Raina's blossoming song writing skills were bolstered by a classical body steel string Mountain guitar that would soon become her constant companion. Raina's high school education consisted of skipping school and playing guitar in the lush green parks of Portland, OR.

Her smile and her songs reflect the renegade girl next door who'll dare you to call in sick and go to the beach...Now! Raina's guitar playing valiantly ventures way beyond the third fret, her songs are like falling down laughing in a garage sale when you find that one thing you never realized you've always been looking for.

After five years of being one of the front women of the Gypsy Moths, a funky folk duo/four-piece, Raina is debuting with a beautifully wrought solo album that swings from confident acoustic folk to danceable indie-pop to flowing orchestral ballad all with vocal and stylistic grace and poetic honesty.
The album, due for release on August 13th, is being produced by Jim Brunberg of Box Set, owner of Mississippi Studios, the premier live music venue/recording studio in Portland.

She is planning to tour her upbeat and fiercely fun solo show to promote "Raina Rose...Despite the Crushing Weight of Gravity."

go to her myspace!! http://www.myspace.com/rainarose

This is a review from the Oregonian's Music Editor, Marty Hughley!

Raina Rose and Meredith Cushing met as 8-year-olds at summer camp, took up music together in their teens and spent several years as the core of a Portland folk act called the Gypsy Moths. Eventually, they flew their separate ways.

And, to judge by Rose's new CD, "Despite the Crushing Weight of Gravity," maybe lifelong friendship was holding them back. That is to say, Rose's solo effort marks a notable step up from the duo's sometimes cutesy approach.

"Gravity" won't reshape anyone's thinking about the possibilities of singer-songwriter folk/pop, but it could confirm your feelings about the simple pleasures of the form.

One key is enlisting the right help, and the contributing musicians include such local stalwarts as bassist Michael Papillo (Amelia, 3 Leg Torso), drummer Ned Failing (Dirty Martini), harmonica master Joe Powers (Rose City Kings), guitarist Lewi Longmire (too numerous to list) and violinist Tracy Grammer.

In large measure, though, the album is a collaboration between Rose and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jim Brunberg. The man behind Mississippi Studios and the band Box Set, Brunberg has a knack for dressing up the songs just enough to give them a little sympathetic strength.

Apart from lead lines on a couple of cuts, Rose handles the guitar work herself, providing a clean, straightforward frame for the songs. Her voice is clear and sweet, recalling at times Suzanne Vega or Dirty Martini's McKinley, and even -- when she opts for a slip-and-slide sort of phrasing popular with young female folkies these days -- Ani DiFranco.

Rose's songwriting shows variety. She is most compelling when she gets serious, as in the ruminative "See You Singing," on which her multitracked vocals create a haunting effect, or the dark literary vignette "Back Alley Butcher."
Several other songs -- such as "Nameless Ship," with its bracing string quartet accompaniment, the reggae-inflected "Bicycle" and the closing solo instrumental "Somnambulist" -- tip the scales well toward the positive.

Suffice to say, this moth has taken wing.



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A fantastic folksy, moody, evocative, intelligent CD. I bought it after listening to a few clips and couldn't wait for it to arrive. I was not at all disappointed and now I just keep playing it over and over!

jeff from la honda

absolutely groovy
cd is full of groovy tunes, the producer "Jim Brunberg" one of my favorite singer/songwriters.
I like all the songs, "fine fine fine" maybe my fav?
Her next album "the prophet,..." is a one of my favorite too. I'm eagerly awaiting her newest effort "End of Endless False Starts" to tantalize my ears further produced by my current favorite singer/songwriter John Elliott, hopefully in the mail soooon ;) what the heck get ALL of them!


This CD is creative, varied and joyful
This is one of those CDs that you like on first listen, but you enjoy even more on the second, third and fourth times around, until you discover that you haven't removed it from your player in weeks. The lyrics are sharp and the emotion and intellect behind the words are apparent. It will become your go-to disc in times of happiness and times of disappointment, because this singer/songwriter hands both those emotions and everything in between with skill and experience.

I love this CD, especially the last three songs. Raina's laugh in "Fine Fine Fine" is wonderful, and "Tall White Lilies" is basically my theme song right now.


Beautiful and emotional music
Inventive music from the heart. Beautiful voice and strong writing.

beautiful and poignant lyrics against a full and flowing sound...excellent!

Darren Shea

A wonderful debut.
Raina's debut CD is a wonderful showcase for this amazingly talented singer/songwriter/guitarist. Even her instrumental tracks, like "Evergreen House, 2nd floor" are wonderful, but as good as she is with a guitar (and she is very good), her voice is her most remarkable instrument. Songs like "Texas" , "Nameless Ship", and "Back Alley Butcher" show a vulnerable side, with her smoky voice sometimes sounding as though it was about to break, taking your heart with it. Other songs, such as "Mt. Hood Moth Infestation" and "Fine Fine Fine" reveal her humorous and playful side. There simply is not a weak song on the disc.



debut solo album a must have!!!
debut solo album is great! Raina blends insightful fiery lyrics with graceful guitar, that gets better and more complex the more you listen. Her wit and wisdom are well beyond her years, and whether you are 13 or 73 you are sure to enjoy her stories of life, love, and the pursuit of a global political consciousness. The CD is awesome-keep it coming!


it has become a phenomenon....
i live in a vegetarian co-op, and we always play music when we cook. one day i left raina's cd (which i had been playing constantly and everyone had been asking about...) in the cd player. lo and behold, my housemates started playing it of their own volition! now it's our favorite cooking music, and for good reason. i have known raina since we were wee, and like a good wine she only gets better with time. congrats on an AMAZING solo debut, darling. i laud you.