Week in Pop: Foster Olson, Pangs, Rainsford

Sjimon Gompers

Foster Olson's rising star; press photo courtesy of the artist.

RAINSFORD

Introducing RAINSFORD; photographed by Frankie Marin.

Introducing RAINSFORD; photographed by Frankie Marin.

With the dreaded Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we got a head start assist on all the February 14-festivities with a first listen to the electro future r&b of Rainsford’s “Sweet Spot” that features her boo Swimsuit Issue, oka Miles Garber. Born Rainey Qualley in NYC, raised in Asheville, NC & based out of Los Angeles; Rainsford works to blend the components of honest sentiment, cinema & fashion into a sound that exhibits the earnestness of the most kindred & cherished moments that can hardly be described. With a production assist from Nick Dungo, Rainey’s visions become unfurled like the wings of a soaring dove determined to bring her song of love & life to the surrounding ears of the world.

Having won over hearts with the tracks “Too Close” & “S.I.D. (Sunshine In December)”—”Sweet Spot” begins with the glistening maximalist keys that indicate the rising sun of a new day & newfound invitations for the sport of love & romance. Rainsford along with her opposite Swimsuit Issue engage in a duet that emphasize the shared heart-skips that allude toward the ineffable essence of their bond. Through emotively charged synths & airy arrangements; “Sweet Spot” expresses the most exquisite Valentine’s ever enjoyed that will even bring a crooked smile to the loneliest of solitary, icy hearts. The duo cast an array of bright & brilliant shining keys & pulsing percussion that mimics the heart beats embraces between the bodies of two lovers engaged in their own consortium sort of congress. Xylophone presets can be heard tumbling like instruments sent down a waterfall while Qualley & Garber engage in their own sung call & response musical discourse that makes this single a necessitated must for any & all Valentine’s mixtapes. Rainsford’s own Rainey Qualley introduced “Sweet Spot” with the following exclusive reflections:

I wrote this song when I was first getting into a new relationship and everything was exciting and nervous and magnetic. It was before we said I love you. Before we’d ever had a fight. When everything was equally sweet and scary. Later, I asked that person to sing on this song with me, which was absolutely humiliating. I felt like I was letting him in on all my secret thoughts about us…but it turned out alright. This song is also my mother’s favorite which makes me giggle because it’s pretty sexy.

From left—Swimsuit Issue's Miles Garber & Rainsford's Rainey Qualley; press photo courtesy of the artists.

From left—Swimsuit Issue’s Miles Garber & Rainsford’s Rainey Qualley; press photo courtesy of the artists.

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