Sweet Rain Falling

by Little Wise

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about

Little Wise’s blend of folk-roots music is a delicate interplay between sweetness and grit. Led by Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Sophie Klein, the outfit combines inviting storytelling with sophisticated guitar-work and spot-on female vocal harmonies. Klein’s vocal delivery is wistful but self assured. Whilst mostly a rhythm guitarist, she is a confident multi-instrumentalist, incorporating banjo, mandolin and slide guitar into her arrangements to evoke flavours of Lucinda Williams, Mia Dyson, The Waifs and James Taylor.

Joining Klein is Megan Bernard on electric guitar and backing vocals. A charismatic hybrid-pop singer-songwriter in her own right, Bernard is equally at home in the alt-country and folk-roots domain, gracefully decorating Klein’s songs with lush guitar tones. The pair share a palpable musical chemistry onstage emerging from years of musical friendship that feel more like decades. This cohesion is evident in their studio work on Sweet Rain Falling.

The six-track EP Sweet Rain Falling is a follow-up to Moments of Clarity (2012). Klein and Bernard's burgeoning partnership brings an evolution and maturity to the sound of this new release. The lead-track My Pocket is the result of a new collaboration with producer Kalju Tonuma and features a guest rhythm section of BJ Barker (The Yearlings) on drums and Daniel Hobson (The Stillsons) on electric bass. Written on her beloved 1962 Gibson J50 acoustic guitar, My Pocket shows Klein at her rawest and most vulnerable, sifting through the saddest and most beautifully profound experiences of grief. This tune features a larger and warmer live-band sound, with lap steel lines soaring over and around the vocals.

Whilst in the studio, a spontaneous eastern-fusion jam between Bernard, Klein and Tonuma was captured, which later became the outro track In Dreams.

The other four lovingly selected tracks on Sweet Rain Falling were self-recorded and produced by the duo at various makeshift home-studios across Victoria including a beach house in Jan Juc on the Surf Coast and bedrooms in Preston and Caulfield. These songs hold a more stripped-back sound, representative of the act’s live duo performance. The EP is more melancholic than previous material, but leaves the listener with feelings of hope and beauty.

credits

released 28 March 2014

All songs written by Sophie Klein, except ‘In Dreams’- written by Sophie Klein, Megan Bernard and Kalju Tonuma.

All songs produced and recorded by Sophie Klein and Megan Bernard at Jan Juc, Malpas and Alma Studios (except ‘My Pocket’ and ‘In Dreams’)

‘My Pocket’ produced and recorded by Kalju Tonuma at Coloursound Studios.

‘In Dreams’ produced and recorded by Sophie Klein and Kalju Tonuma at Coloursound and Alma Studios.

Mixed by Kalju Tonuma.

Mastered by Adam McElnea at Sonomax.

Sophie Klein: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, banjo, lap steel, bells and other sounds.
Megan Bernard: backing vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, mandolin, synth and other sounds

Additional Musicians:
BJ Barker: Drums on ‘My Pocket’
Daniel Hobson: Bass on ‘My Pocket’
Kalju Tonuma: Talking Drum on ‘My Pocket’ and ‘In dreams’, bells on ‘My Pocket’
Teal Bain- Roben: Percussion on ‘Look Up’

Photography by Meredith O’Shea

Design by Shelley Krycer

Sophie sends love and thanks to:
Megan, Kal, BJ Barker, Daniel, David, Liat, Jess & Adam, Tamara, Sam & Rosie, Mat, Rachel, Shelley, Adam, Meredith, Jude, Deidre & Jacob, Margot, Joely and all those who have provided support and encouragement, fed and housed us on tour, come along to our gigs and purchased this EP. Finally, thank you to our beautiful friends and family.

Please stay in touch:
info@littlewise.com.au
www.littlewise.com.au

In memory of Pearl Klein; I miss you like the breeze or the sweet rain that’s falling.

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Track Name: My Pocket
I’ve got a hole in the lining of my pocket
I’ve got a heart so heavy, I think that I might drop it
Got your voice still ringing in my ears

I keep no photos inside my empty wallet
I’ve got a thunder in my belly, so loud and I can’t stop it
Got your touch on my fingertips

When I wake up in the morning
I wish that I could call you

I leave my washing on the line when it’s storming
I leave my keys in the door when I leave without warning
I’ve got your smile in the front of my mind

When I wake up in the morning
I think that I might call you
When I wake up in the morning
I think that I should call you
When I wake up in the morning

You’d be the first to notice if my clothes need repairing
My heart needs some love and caring
Since you’ve been gone I am lost and there’s holes everywhere
My keys, my coins, my matches and twine
Can be oh so hard to find
Without you I know that I
Must sew up that hole in my own good time

I’ve got a hole in the lining of my pocket
I’ve got a heart so heavy, I think that I might drop it
Got your voice still ringing in my ears

When I wake up in the morning
I think that I might call you
When I wake up in the morning
I think that I should call you
When I wake up in the morning
I wish that I should call you
Cos I miss you like the breeze
Or the sweet rain that’s falling
When I wake up in the morning
I forget that I can’t call you
Cos you’re gone

When I wake up in the morning
When I wake up in the morning

I’ve got a hole in the lining of my pocket
I’ve got a heart so heavy, I think that I might drop it
Got your voice still ringing in my ears
Track Name: Let You In
As I’m soaring through the sky
The fields are laid out
Like a patchwork quilt
That your nanna would make
When times were simpler
When times were simpler

I am learning how to walk
Learning how to see
Learning a language
That I used to speak
Back when the days were long
Under the Middle Eastern sun
I know the words are there
Buried in my mind

There is an open door, to let you in
And when you’re open to the world, you’ll be let in

Strange familiar melodies
Are tickling my ears
Salt water sooths my skin
As I’m reminded here
Life could be simpler
Life could be simpler

Suddenly I see
Suddenly I hear
Suddenly I recall the words I held dear
I watch the colour
Drain into my world and realise I’m whole
Seen it through painter’s eyes
Now I am ready to come home

There is an open door, to let you in
And when you’re open to the world you’ll be let in

Now I’m back in my hometown
I’m wandering the streets
Rediscovering the things
That make my heart beat

There is an open door, to let you in
And when you’re open to the world, you’ll be let in
Track Name: Look Up
You’ve been looking backwards
On the things you wish you’d done
I’ve been looking to the future
Planning out all my fun

We’ve both been looking sideways
Staring at the ground
Everyone’s looking through me
Like inside they can be found

If you don’t know if your efforts are enough
I only know it’s best to look up

Day is breaking lovely one
It’s time to wake up
The coffee’s strong, I know days are long
But they can’t topple us

It felt like a new beginning
A new haircut and new jeans
I sat in that friendly café
Alone and happy

If one thing left in life matters to us
I only know it’s best to look up

And like those little ants
I just keep marching on
Going ‘bout my business
Smiling along
And when we were together
I showed you to look up
Now that we’re apart I hope you haven’t given up

If one thing left in life matters to us
I only know it’s best to look up
Track Name: Light, It Shines
So big the world, so much distance
The friends you have made so far away
Everyone said come back
And so you have come back
After so long away
And it’s strange

Now there’s no light at the end of the tunnel
I know that’s how it seems
And you’re just waiting for real life
And you’re just waiting to be let in
And there’s pain

So pick up your head
It will be ok
Sister don’t you
Talk that way
Cos your eyes they see
All the light, it shines
Even though it gets hidden sometimes

How do we sit there and watch you struggle?
How do we give when we can’t give enough?
Nobody wants to see their loved-one in trouble
Sometimes it feels like we’ve all given up
And there’s shame

So pick up your head
It will be ok
Sister don’t you
Talk that way
Cos your eyes they see
All the light, it shines
Even though it gets hidden sometimes
Track Name: Seed in the Wind
I’m sending you off on your way
To rewrite your story today
There’s not a moment to waste
It’s a new dawn, a shining new day

Throw all your worries away
Like they’re just loose change
You don’t know it but you are brave
So shake of the dust and raise

I nearly crash my car
Loose my heart
Find it back with you again
Put my head in a jar
When I go too far
I’m a seed in the wind

I’m sending you off on your way
To find light in the things that you say
Big universe, you are strange
I’m getting closer yet further each day
Closer yet further each day
Closer yet further each day

I nearly crash my car
Loose my heart
Find it back with you again
Put my head in a jar
When I go too far
I’m a seed in the wind