Swimming In Sunlight

by Rainwater

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Swimming in Sunlight is the first full-length release by Rainwater, a project helmed by songwriter Blake Luley. The album is an intimate, personal journey out of the dark wilderness of adolescence and self-loathing into the light of love and acceptance. These gentle, shimmering songs were written and recorded in a variety of places, from bathroom floors to studio spaces, over the course of a handful of years, charting the ups, downs, and quiet revelations of Luley’s young adulthood in Brooklyn, NY. Heartbreak, loss, and anxiety give way to newfound love, reconciliation, and hope as the album’s ten songs mark time spent fighting darkness, not in vain. In a way, this debut almost feels like the end of a chapter as Rainwater relocates to Seattle, WA.

During his time in Brooklyn, Blake Luley has been a multi-instrumentalist, guitarist, and occasional producer with the indie rock bands Air Waves and Howth, as well as a solo composer of experimental music under the name Ajnabi. Though Swimming in Sunlight represents a sharp shift away from the dark ambient soundscapes of Luley's composition work, he retains his ear for texture and rhythm. Like a pleasant daydream, the songs change shape from ramshackle, whispered indie reminiscent of The Microphones, to cavernous, free-floating shoegaze more akin to Slowdive, to even more surprising realms beyond. This is a guitar album where bright tones ring like wind chimes, acting in concert with the lyrical themes of light and darkness. Heavily reverbed sax floats in and out like a breeze, while tufts of electronic menace drift by like clouds. Tender harmonies from Luley’s partner Aviva Stampfer drive home the sense that over all, this is an album about finding strength and guidance in love. These are meditative, patient songs that find deep wells of grace and feeling in their seeming simplicity. Swimming in Sunlight is out 8/12 on digital, CD, and cassette via Furious Hooves.

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released August 12, 2016

All songs written and performed by Blake Luley with:
Aviva Stampfer (voice)
Patrick Curry (drums/percussion)
Charlie Rudoy (drums)
Clare Plunkett (cello)
Dane Zarra (additional guitar)
Neil Acharya (saxophone)
Zubin Hensler (trumpet)

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Blake Luley in Brooklyn, NY

Additional recording by Patrick Curry at Marinara Studios (Brooklyn, NY), and Brian Hurlow

Photography by Blake Luley
Design/Layout by Ryan McCardle
Additional design by Brittany Gannon for Pavonine Packaging

Released by Furious Hooves (www.furioushooves.com)

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Track Name: Ditmars
You are spots of light and color,
swimming across my eyes
when I first step into darkness
You are as real as the memory of day,
couldn't convince you to stay

You took my sunshine away,
you took my light

You are a candle falling apart,
floating in the middle of the sea
as I stand at the humid shoreline
You are as real as ships sailing away,
couldn't convince you to stay

You took my sunshine away,
you took my light
Track Name: Blackberry Pie
Gloria, hold my hand through the worst part
I'll go down, pick some blackberries from the porch
I bet it's warm in Georgia
and there's always someone to hold you tight
when your brother scares you in the middle of the night

I wish I was in Atlanta,
feeling everything for the first time

Julius, remember Olympics in '96?
Before David died,
when the world was bright
God was on our side,
our guiding light

I wish I was in Atlanta,
feeling everything for the first time
Track Name: Lonesome You
There will be no one to hold your hand and tell you it's right
Nothing to harsh the glow of day after night
There will be nothing to shield your eyes when the world is too bright

Just you, lonesome you
swimming in the sunlight

There will be no certain truth of a well lived life
Some sense of relief that it was worth the fight
There will be no one to hold your hand and guide you out of the night

Just you, lonesome you
swimming in the sunlight

And when you're weightless
and light is surrounding you,
it will surely be blinding
Track Name: A Reason To Leave
You said "this ain't so bad after all"
I said "maybe now I'll feel full"
I held your hand and you looked twice
My eyes are tired and I shaved my beard
You might not recognize me, I had a hard time trying to leave
You were my everything, now I fall asleep to the sound of a train

I tried hard not to let go when you let go
I held on years in hope, you know?
I wasn't always this graceless, but I waited
and I waited for you

Been drowning your voice out of my ears,
been drowning myself here
I was never good at leaving home,
but it wasn't home without you
You might not recognize me,I misplaced myself in-between
I was your everything, now I fall asleep to the sound of a train

I tried hard not to let go when you let go
I held on years in hope, you know?
I wasn't always this graceless, but I waited
and I waited for you
Track Name: Rid
I want to sail away to sea, rid the darker part of me
All I want is to feel free, shed the weight and let it leave
I want to sail away to sea, rid the darker part of me
I'll sail away to sea, become a feather-like me
Track Name: Dead Frogs
Coke and peaches, my teeth will surely stain
Oh, my sweetness, I have y'all to blame

Just let me swim in the sunlight

Fake flowers now glitter on your grave
Take my heart, the good parts, the rest erase/

Just let me swim in the sunlight

We'd play in the grass,
I'd probably pee in your pool
and pick dead frogs out of the water

The sun is setting now and the lights are underwater

Just let me swim in the sunlight
Track Name: Thundercloud
Stretch me thin, muscle tough skin
It wears me out
Kiss me then, tear soaked chin
What's it about?
Well, where you been, my lonely friend?
My thundercloud, soaked in sin

Hold me when I'm underwater
Someway, somewhere to start again

My heart descends, my soft bones bend
Wind'll take me away
I'm melting thin, my lonely friend
Don't let me stay soaked in sin

Hold me when I'm underwater
Someway, somewhere to start again
Track Name: Out Of Focus
I want life out of focus,
soften its edges

I want time out of synch:
stretched out, shrunk down

I want life out of focus,
soften its edges

What am I supposed to do with this?
I'm supposed to get used to it?
A puzzle where the pieces used to fit.

Gnarly and blinding,
the day leaves me naked like a boy in the doctor’s office

I float away to get through the day
I'm supposed to be the one who's brave
The truth is, I've always been afraid

Gnarly and blinding,
the days leave me naked like a boy in the doctor’s office

I want life out of focus,
soften its edges
Track Name: Love Glow
All the things we say
to soften the blow
to soothe the soul

All the places we
call a home
when we're all alone
All I need is your love for me

All the faces we
wear right through,
afraid to be true

All the things we do
to feel complete
and without need
I still need your love for me

My love flows like blood through my veins
My love glows like the edge of fire,
blurring against the night
Track Name: For Aviva
Love is true not when new,
but when worn out and crude
and you can't help but know
it's truly inside of you.