On 'Internal Combustion,' out September 21st from Precipitous Records, Rain Perry delivers a collection of songs that are chock full of brave and guileless lyrics laid over carefully crafted orchestrations that demonstrate why LA Daily News has called her music "confessional folk-rock at its best."
Working closely with producer Mark Hallman (Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson, Carole King) at the Congress House in Austin, Texas, 'Internal Combustion' is Perry's personal reflection on life's myriad inspirations wrought with humor and deep empathy. According to the songwriter, who was named the grand prizewinner in the folk division at the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting Competition, each story "revolves in one way or another around things that drive us." Song subjects that Perry bravely unravels include wrangling with her Muse, lust, a close friend's suicide, religious obsession, repressed ardor, and much more.
'Internal Combustion' features seven originals alongside Perry's interpretation of three unusual covers, including: Bob Seger's "Till It Shines," Paul Simon's "Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War" and Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On."
Growing up in a bohemian family in California, Perry lived in 23 houses and attended 13 schools by high school and found her inspiration in the songbooks of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman. Glued to either a guitar or piano, Perry reminisces about spending hours working to replicate the common chord progressions, and "to appreciate heartfelt, emotionally honest songs with good structure."
Early milestones for Perry's musical career include the placement of her song "Beautiful Tree" as the theme song for the first season of CW Network's 'Life Unexpected.' The show has a special resonance for Perry as the child of a free-spirited father and the mother of two teenage daughters.