I make music. These days I do so under the name Rain Ruin, which is something from a dream I had years ago.
I post it to my Bandcamp page.I sing, and play guitar (not great but well enough), and play saxophone also (that I do rather well). Sometimes I am assisted by other friends who also make music. And lately I’ve begun experimenting with a more electronic sort of sound.
I have two “official” releases:
“Shiver” came out in 2005, under my old name (which I’m not gonna type but if you’re curious, my Wikipedia entry has it).
It consists of songs I wrote between 1999, when I first started writing songs on the guitar, and 2005. It’s basically an attempt at a studio version of my slate of songs circa 2005 that I used to play at my live shows, in coffee shops and bars.
It’s mostly a voice, guitar and sax affair. Jim Clawson adds bass to several of the tracks, and Ben Yackley adds keyboards to one, but other than that the album is all me, struggling to make my bedroom recordings sound the way I wanted them to.
It’s probably an amateurish album from a technical standpoint, but I’m really proud of the songwriting. The whole album is listenable online.
The “Forgiven” E.P. came out because there was a group of six songs I made around the same time that seemed obviously to be a group that should go together. However, I didn’t make enough of them for a full album before moving on to something else, so I’ve declared them a six-song E.P.
And yes, the whole idea of an E.P. vs. an L.P. is sort of ridiculously quaint, as it was in 2011 when this officially came out. Nevertheless, this is the “Forgiven” E.P. The songs on it are better recorded than those on “Shiver” and the guitar work, though still simple, is a bit more confident and varied. Also, I’m really proud of the saxophone, particularly on the track “Next of Kin.”