Delicate and graceful finger-plucked acoustic guitar notes fill the air before the rich and warm resonance of Canadian Jenny Berkel‘s voice emerges from the melancholic swirl of her new single ‘You Think You’re The Rain‘. That low-key introduction segues beautifully into a full band sound with a strong rhythmic push and pull and cosmic folk-rock atmospherics that drift through and across the speakers.
You can hear Dylan’s ‘Hurricane’ buried in the song’s musical DNA but the overall style is one of lush baroque folk. To varying degrees, Berkel shares some sonic similarities with with modern folk songwriters like Nadia Reid, Aldous Harding, Erin Rae and the more countrified Riddy Arman.
In writing the song, Berkel was inspired by a friend who was in a heavy space. Its lyrics recognize the multitudes contained in one person: “I know you’re not the rain, though maybe you’re everything.”
The single comes from Berkel’s forthcoming new LP, These are the Sounds Left From Leaving, due out on April 8th digitally before a CD and LP release in May. Check out the wonderful coastal Nova Scotian landscapes in the video below.