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.