Sun Rain is the solo alias of Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist, DJ, & electronic producer Chad Skinner. Released earlier this month on Hush Hush Records, Sheets represents his debut under this moniker, yet he’s been active within the music community for the past five years, releasing two albums as part of electronic production duo Snowday as well as spinning DJ sets in clubs and festivals around Ontario as Legs Florentine.
Recorded entirely in Skinner’s home studio, Sheets is a collection of eight sonically diverse electro-acoustic vignettes bound together in an aesthetic of melancholic beauty and heartfelt reflection on the importance of trees and wood in historical and contemporary life. From solo piano to folk guitar and from ambient synths to soothing beats, there is an organic style and contemplative mood shared by all the varied pieces that serves the overarching theme.
“After acquiring and spending time with a piano over a century old, I realized just how precious wood is. It has been integral for the survival of mankind; all the while remaining one of the most utilized natural materials for creative exploration.” – Chad Skinner
This concept is dramatically portrayed in a new video for the tender piano ballad “Paper 2” directed by Cory Thibert and starring Amanda Sum. Sun Rain’s intimate close-mic’d rendering of the melody and the sylvan backdrop of the forest are juxtaposed by a tense narrative with a dystopian final twist that reminds us that appreciation of precious resources is about more than just stewardship; it can be a matter of survival. No doubt that is something the artist would like us to ponder while enjoying the beautiful music he has created.
Sheets is now available on both digital and cassette from the Hush Hush Bandcamp store.