I find it pretty incredible how far under the radar Arum Rae
flies. Berklee trained, Brooklyn based, and a resume that includes co-writer of the theme song for NBC's Nashville
, and an EP mixed by John Congleton
) and laid down at Jim Eno's (Spoon
) recording studio. All that is just the name drop bullshit end of things that pulls you in, but when you get down to it she's just fucking good. Her soulful blues-rock is beautifully played, but it's her voice that really sells it. She harnesses a smokiness that's half incredibly sexy and half bursting with pathos.
This week she dropped her second EP of 2014, Waving Wild
, and with it included a gorgeous cover of the indie folk melody "Cruel," by The Head and The Heart
. Her light rasp and the turned up bass hones in on the track's mournful loneliness, washing out the lightness without saturating it with woe. The result is gentle and raw.
is out now, get it on iTunes
. Listen to Arum's cover of "Cruel" below: