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To listen to a Rachel Efron song is to be led across an inner landscape at once beautiful, dangerous, serene, and startling. Rachel offers that rare combination of sophisticated musicianship and commanding lyricism. There is a delicacy and astuteness to her perspective on the world, and she possesses that most precious artistic quality of being able to honestly share herself with her listeners. She is versed in classical, jazz, folk, and pop music, and travels unabashedly between the soulful and sweet, saucy and swinging, by way of her alternately sincere and comically cynical portraits of life and love.

Rachel released her debut album, Say Goodbye, in 2006, to unbridled praise from listeners and critics alike. Nate Seltenrich of the East Bay Express described it as “Utterly laid-back piano pop that sucks the tension right out of the room. Efron makes it sound easy but there’s a reason so few artists get it right.” Chris Patrick Morgan of the San Francisco Examiner wrote, “Rachel Efron combines a light, gentle touch on the piano with the eye and the voice of a poet to make some of the loveliest music one has heard -- soft, intimate, ethereal, and strikingly genuine.”

The album, a collection of 11 original piano/voice-centric alternative/pop songs, was produced by the masterful Jon Evans, bassist for Tori Amos, and featured inspired performances by Evans on bass, Scott Amendola (Nels Cline, Madeleine Peyroux) on drums, and Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco, Erin McKeown) on accordion.

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The voice is airy, plaintive, the sound, seemingly detached, but it isn't long -- about three notes will do it -- before Bay Area singer-songwriter Rachel Efron hooks you by the heart with “Crescent Moon,” the first cut on her second album, “4AM.”  All 11 cuts on the album are shrouded in longing, sometimes with a touch of regret and loss, at other times, with a sense of uncertainty about the future.  Efron's deceptively effortless piano pop stands out from the pack because of her delicate lyricism, as in “Before I Fall In Love”: “You are with me as images of sleep / as creatures of the shipwreck, life in love, dark and deep / Form your sadness even as if dies / colors the reflection of your past in your eyes.” --David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

A strong suggestion for your live music radar screen: Rachel Efron has returned home to Maine from the West Coast with a host of big league talent on her latest, “4AM.” And she wants to play her songs for the folks where she grew up. Not your garden variety supporting cast, these are thoughtful players with long resumes in the business; but Efron is the star

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Voice / vocals

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Album 4AM by Rachel Efron

4AM

Self Produced
2009

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