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RAIN FOR A DAY

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The history of RAIN FOR A DAY has its roots in 1994. In fact it was the 15th of July 1994, when the18-year-old singer Miriam Schell and the 22-year-old musician Matthias Harder met each other in a club near Hamburg. It was a cheerful evening, since both of them were performing with their own Bands (Matthias as the drummer of CHAMÄLEON, who later became the well known progressive rock band SYLVAN).

Who would have guessed that this encounter had been the birth of a long lasting partnership in song writing and lead to a work full of depth, immense emotion and wide sound spectrum.

With their new album "Elemental" RAIN FOR A DAY are not only proving the maturity they gained through out the years, but also an impressive independence in style.

Northern melancholy and the pulsating big city nights of their hometown Hamburg gave inspiration to their creation of a sound reflecting urges and longings. Matthias Harder loves to connect sweet melodies with dark arrangements that find their climax in epic scenarios. As soon as they are embraced by Miriam Schell's voice full of tender warmth and consoling narration, it captures you and drags you off into an emotional landscape full of passion and depth.

As well as other bands and artists RAIN FOR A DAY had always been marked by time and went through phases of euphory and dejection. When they had just begun the manufacturing of their first self produced album "Marbles" in 1996 the music industry became attentive to them, but preferred watching their further development to signing a contract.

The receipt of the John-Lennon talent award in 1997 led to a number of concerts in Germany, among which they played in the garden of chateau Bellevue, the residence of the former German President Roman Herzog, at the G8 economic summit in Cologne and in the exclusive VIP-Lounge of Eric Clapton as he performed in Berlin in the scope of hisworld tour.

In 1998 after having finished their second album "High on a Hill" they got to work together with the famous German photographer Jim Rakete.

In that period of time Matthias Harder and Miriam Schell tried to reach o a broad audience with the help of producer Jens Lück. They even had the chance to participate at the preliminary of the European song contest. But as they found out that they were supposed to not perform their original material and dispense with their own members, they decided not to agree to those conditions, which was a turning po...
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1996
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High On A Hill
1998
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Elemental
2004

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 Elemental by RAIN FOR A DAY album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.50 | 8 ratings

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Review by tszirmay
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5 stars I am blessed to have a good friend in Montreal, a wise man in terms of intellect and a suave prog fiend, with whom we bounce suggestions and ideas, making the hunt for the elusive jewel a team effort instead of some selfish solo venture. Jean 'the Cat' Roby has a fine palate for music and I trust him implicitly. He came out of left field with Rain for a Day, describing this 2004 one shot wonder from Germany as a pearl of grand proportions. Upon closer inspection, the hint was clearer, as this band is led by Matthias Harder, drummer of future prog giants Sylvan. The other major highlight is the voice of Miriam Schell, a stunning beauty who can sing like the wind, in that whispering style one minute and deeply emotional and warm the next. Harder handles the keyboards here, leaving the kit to Matt Zenrich, while composing dark and atmospheric soundscapes for the voice to establish its unmistakable magic. This is the third album for this Hamburg band and it's a crime that it did not get more exposure. I am guilty too as I had to wait 13 years to discover this gem.

Perhaps it's not to everyone's liking but if you are a fan of female singers, which I hate to repeat, vastly outperform the males in Progland, then, like me, you will find yourself seduced, mesmerized and quite satisfied. If you are a fan of Karnataka, Mostly Autumn, Iona, Cairo, Mantra Vega, Shine Dion, Panic Room, Harvest, Magenta, a many dozen more, then hunt this beauty down. The arrangements are extended platforms for the voice, as the buildup is deftly executed and built with progressive folk in mind, no 2 minute jobs here (Prog Ramones, LOL)! The album and band are placed in the Prog Related category which may be one of the reasons it has been misrepresented. In my opinion, it's a crossover/ folk masterpiece, not sounding anything remotely like the bands mentioned above. The accent here is on stark ambiances, piano playing the major part, but loaded up with vivid orchestrations and fascinating rhythmic developments (Zenrich is quite the stick man). There is a fragile, child-like quality at times, as if innocence has taken over the song craft, like on 'New Year's Eve', a very short one with voice and orchestra. Spellbinding! Throw in Portsihead-like tunes like 'Sharks'' or outright torch songs like the surreal 'Poetry's a Crime', your head will reel from all the pleasure and style displayed here. This latter track has an instrumental section that defines beauty. On the stirring 'La Sagrada', Miriam Schell really kicks it up a notch, to the point of shimmering pain. Or is it ecstasy?

All the songs are truly exceptional, especially the longer ones, 'So Real' (8.17), 'Tonight' (6.43), 'I Wish' (7.20) and the stellar title track (9.25). The album is a second away from an hour (59.59) proving once again that Germans can so disciplined when they concentrate on the details.

Shame on me for not getting this sooner. Shame on you if you don't listen to my advice. Merci Jean,

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 Elemental by RAIN FOR A DAY album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Review by sunhillow

4 stars This is actually the third cd of the 'band', which is in fact merely a sideproject of Sylvan- drummer Matthias Harder. On this cd he plays keyboards, and the music is much more singer-songwriter-influenced than his more known Sylvan-stuff. But the production is crisp clean, the songwriting is hauntingly beautiful and the voice of Miriam Schell is too good to be true. This band should be marketed better though, not as a mere sideproject of Sylvan. There's a lot of potential here, for fans of any female-lead music will adore this. Not just for Sylvan-fans, but also for fans of Paatos, The Gathering, Magenta, etc.

Surely recommended, but more people should know about this band.

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