San Francisco quartet Rainmaker combines loose-limbed impromptu jams with tight rocking workouts on their disc, Long Slow Fade.
Centering around the rhythm section of John Paul McLean on bass and drummer Inkx Herman, Rainmaker’s smooth, kinetic modulations move at a brisk pace on the reflective political piece, "The Last Record Store." "Real Good Reason to Hide" ably anchors the album in the second slot as keyboardist Jordan Feinstein’s circular touches revolve around Jonathan Chi’s elevating, structured lead guitar solos.
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart joins the ensemble to round out two of Long Slow Fade’s spaciest tunes, "The Last Record Store Reprise" and "Sweetwater Has Run Dry." The band coalesces to conjure musicall magical spells on the uplifting songs "Photograph" and "In a Way that You Want it to Be."
Produced and mixed by Chi and McLean, Long Slow Fade contains many of the charms of the group’s eponymous debut, but Rainmaker advances their vibrant cause with this sophomore recording. It leaves one in anticipation of what they may do and where they might go next.
Long Slow Fade is out now.