Premiere: In Letter Form Echoes New
Wave Warmth in ‘Reflecting the Rain’

San Francisco-based foursome In Letter Form makes no bones about referencing their their new wave/post punk/synth pop heroes like The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and New Order. In fact, In Letter Form’s newest single “Reflecting the Rain,” premiered here, gives a nod to the Modern English classic “I Melt With You.” (Take note of the melodic lead guitar and driving rhythm to hear the similarities.) Smooth melodies and sincere lyrics, can’t go wrong. Baritone vocals are also a pleasant reprieve from what have become the ubiquitous male falsetto in indie pop as of late.

The song is unabashedly sentimental but, to the band’s credit, manages to stay away from emo territory. “We want listeners to hear a close approximation of our truth,” says In Letter Form lead, Eric Miranda.

“I sent my girlfriend a mix tape early in our relationship with the Velvet Underground song ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ on it,” Miranda goes on. “It was basically a message from me encouraging her to become self-realized, confident, and aware of her beauty. In ‘Reflecting The Rain,’ when I sing ‘you were reflecting the rain,’ I mean that she was reflecting her sadness.”

“Reflecting The Rain” is set for release April 21.

Header image: In Letter Form (L-R): Peter Dosanjh, Andres Lopez, Eric Miranda, James Levis. Photo Credit: Rachel Escoto.

 


text by: Blaine Skrainka










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