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Singer/Songwriter/Pianist Rachel Efron / Blog

SF CD Release Party, Saturday, August 22nd, Cafe Du Nord

The “4AM” San Francisco CD release party will take place Saturday, August 22nd at Café Du Nord. My ensemble will feature Jon Arkin on drums, Dan Feiszli on bass, and Matthew Charles Heulitt on guitar. My set will be preceded by an opening set by Mia and Jonah, and followed by a set by Valerie Orth Band. Please join my email list (www.rachelefron.com/contact.html) for information about discounted advance tickets and pre-release copies of “4AM.”

Stay tuned for dates of the upcoming East Coast / West Coast CD release tour.

Thoughts On The Recording Of "4AM"

I am happy to announce the release of my new CD, “4AM,” produced by Jon Evans, and featuring my trio (me on piano and vocals, Jon Arkin on drums, and Dan Feiszli on bass), as well as guitars, horns, and strings.

Recording my first CD, “Say Goodbye,” was an exciting foray into the world of the music studio. It felt like a bold leap into the unknown and I broadened my musical horizons faster than I thought possible. I chose eleven songs from the canon of everything I had ever written, and when it was finished, it felt, more than anything, like an immense relief. I called it “Say Goodbye” because a major theme of the album was separation, and how we handle the many distances between ourselves and our loved ones. It had the double meaning for me, though, of granting me a distance from all of my creative efforts to date. I was ecstatic with the sense of having a blank slate and a new musical wherewithal with which to compose.

As I began to write the songs for “4AM,” I discovered myself in a very new space—harmonically, structurally, lyrically, and thematically. The album takes its name from the last track, “Four In The Morning (Drink It In)” which is a sort of anthem about finally choosing to end a difficult relationship—and leaving your lover’s bedroom at four in the morning to make your way down to the street below and walk home by yourself. I chose the title because I think I recorded a sort of “4AM” album in general. Whenever I am awake at four in the morning it strikes me as a moment in time that I am not necessarily supposed to witness. It’s like the break in your voice or the seam on your jeans. Possibly one could live a very fulfilling life without ever learning the things that come to you at four in the morning. In the songs on this album, I sought clarity by holding the microscope to some of the more obscure aspects of my thoughts and experiences.

It has some sad sweet songs and some more comical celebratory ones. On one track I played Hammond B-3 pedals with my hands. On another track Jon Arkin dropped his sticks, played out of time, and did everything he could to wreak havoc on the rhythm. For anyone who liked “Sentimental Love,” there is an even spookier waltz. As with “Soltice,” there is a whisper track, giving me the inspiration for my new label’s name: “Whisper Track Records.”

I hope that “4AM” will be as fulfilling to listen to as it was to make.