Raelyn Kaplan is a San Francisco, California-based singer/songwriter who has gained local performance traction since high school. While working toward her BA degree as a sophomore in college, she is currently designing an interactive poetry book, as well as landing regular gigs on the Pacific Northwest festival circuit under the name Rae du Soleil. She has written songs in both English and French, and sports an earthy and atmospheric, but also undeniably raw, folk rock sound.
Rae du Soleil’s latest single, “Another Road,” is refreshing in its attention to those nuances. Rather than come across as part of the typical indie ilk, whose borderline-pretentious, zombie-uke-opera combo is otherwise lost in a mass of plugins, she is far from that. Her vocal tone, both by itself and in harmony, seems somewhat unpolished on the surface, but with that comes an elusive sweetness and sincerity that complements her barebones, melodic playing style. The single’s cover art is telling of the song’s thematic standpoint centering around two distinct paths in life to take. While the left side appears vivid, dreamlike, and in a sense, taken for granted, Rae du Soleil implies that she has taken the right path, not only by its coincidental placement on the right, but in its being the most sensible. It’s one that she travels through with a brave heart, whereupon she exhibits a fair sense of challenge, and ultimately, takes nothing earned for granted. I’m curious to see how her ideas develop further, as this song could work in the context of a potential full-length album.
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