With the 2013 release of Rathborne’s SOFT, New York based musician Luke Rathborne traded the quiet, haunting rhythms of his previous work for a sound that was considerably bolder, tougher and rowdier. With crisp electric guitars and brightly colored melodies brought to life by Rathborne, bassist Darren Will, drummer Jamie Alegre and guitarist Jimmy Gianopoulos, the album would earn praise from a variety of publications including Spin, The Guardian and Q Magazine, while also signaling a new direction for the Maine born singer-songwriter.
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Released this month, Rathborne’s brand new single “Losing It,” expands on the sounds and textures he previously explored on SOFT. Featuring the songwriter on synths, keys, percussion and guitar, Will on bass and Alegre on drums, “Losing It” finds Rathborne singing high over a punchy, brisk melody that is polished and sleek. Transforming his very vocal style to mirror the track’s warm, incandescent tone, the song is markedly different than anything he has released before. Produced by Rathborne and Grammy Award Winner Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth), it is the first release off of his upcoming record, Again. Scheduled for release this March on the musician’s label, True Believer, the album will be followed by a co-headlining, nationwide tour with Alex Caldner (Captured Tracks) that is set to begin the same month. In the meantime, Rathborne’s fans can look to the nimble energies of “Losing It” as an indication of an entirely new and exciting chapter for the versatile musician.
Article: Caitlin Phillips