Rachel's new EP, Angel No More, is now released and available for purchase... Either download from iTunes here or order a physical copy here!
The first reviews for Angel No More are back and they are great! Says Cy Musiker of KQED, "[Efron] is one of the artists who makes covering the arts so much fun and so complicated, too... You can't fit her into any neat categories, jazz or pop. >>link to full review. Says David Wiegand of SF Chronicle, "One of the reasons for Rachel Efron's success is in fact because she's not only a great singer but her songwriting is absolutely supurb... Her voice is sort of ethereal but extraordinarily powerful."
Praise for Put Out The Stars:
Balancing fragility and strength, introspection and unblinking observation, Oakland singer, songwriter, and pianist Rachel Efron sets her lambent, poetically charged lyrics to soft, caressing melodies. -- Andrew Gilbert, SF Chronicle >> link to full review
"It's not fair to leave a radio host speechless." -- Derk Richardson, during live performance and interview on KPFA's "Hear & Now"
Efron proves herself to be an exceptional singer-songwriter-pianist. Literate lyrics and haunting melodies make this collection special. Efron’s vocals are genuine, delicate and deeply moving. This is profoundly pleasurable pop with rich classical influences woven throughout. -- Paul Freeman, Mercury News >> link to full review
Rachel is a very good pianist and her beautiful plaintive voice is perfectly suited for her music. The piano intro for “Closing Day” with its unexpected chord changes is a good example of her clever compositions. -- A.J. Wachtel, The Noise: Music New England >> link to full review
On her new album, 'Put Out The Stars,' Efron breaks the imaginary pane of glass that separates herself from her listeners. -- Teresa Thomas, Ashland Mail Tribune >> link to full article
The Bay Area "Angel No More" album release show at Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco was so much fun I'm going to keep the celebration going just a little longer and do a Special Edition for the east side of the Bay -- my home side after all! Fresh off her sold-out album release show at Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, Monica Pasqual is joining me, thus making it a bona fide EAST BAY DOUBLE ALBUM RELEASE SHOW. I'm thrilled to be playing the most exciting new venue in Berkeley, artist-run The Back Room, whose mission is to offer up music as fine as that of, say, Freight and Salvage, but in a smaller, cozier space. And I am delighted to present my songs in so-sweet duo form with brilliant upright bassist Aaron Germain. The wonderful Bekah Barnett opens the show with a few songs.
It ends up that the time is 5pm on Sunday, May 8th, which you may know is MOTHER'S DAY... And while the show is in no way Mother's Day specific, we're striving to make it extremely Mother's Day friendly. (Come after brunch! Come before dinner! Bring your Mom! Mom, tell your kids to bring you!) Mom gets a free CD of her choice. But what's more, in the spirit of non-exclusivity and because I believe strongly that we all likely have a mother aspect who could use a big hug, I'd like to offer a CD to ANY ONE of you visiting my website who is able to make this special show... as a thank you for your priceless ongoing interest in my music.
Sunday, May 8th -- BERKELEY, CA
The Back Room
1984 Bonita Avenue
4:30pm door / 5pm show / $20 (kids get in for half-price!)
co-bill with Bay Area singer/songwriter Monica Pasqual
Advance tickets highly recommended... Purchase them here!
Love and light,
Check out Rachel's video for her single, Angel No More, below, featuring the original calligraphy of Jillian Schiavi, photograph by Dave Getzschman, design by Joe Koenig, and video by Mirissa Neff.