Arum Rae

Arum Rae

Arum Rae

Manhattan, NY
 
She draws upon that experience in “Wasn’t My Time,” the standout single from Loners.Tempering a Southern-inspired blues strut and sweeping strings with her robust jazzydelivery, the track remains gorgeously haunting. Produced by Ken Lewis [Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar], it opens up the world of Loners.
 
“I was actually in a relationship with somebody who survived his addiction,” shecontinues. “We were having a conversation, and he told me if he used one more time,he would die. The song’s message is, ‘I made it out. I actually overcame that.’ Noteveryone makes it through. It doesn’t happen to everybody. Addiction’s always beenclose to me. I can’t say I’m an angel, but it’s not my struggle.”
 
Arum produced the rest of the EP in addition to performing most of the instruments. It’sdistinctly her vision. “Heaven” trumpets a gospel-size chant over delicate pluck and airyhum dedicated to her brother. Spurred on by her obsession with Kendrick Lamar’s ToPimp a Butterfly, “War” paints a portrait of unrest amidst the natural yearning for lovewritten over the course of seven years.
 
“When we went to war in Iraq, I remember thinking, ‘Humans all just want to be loved,’”she comments. “The ego thing comes in. I compare it to two hearts. Two sets of peoplewant to kill each other because they’re so attached to their beliefs. I was in a seriousrelationship with someone who fought in Iraq and lost his eye. You think about it andfeel dead and alive at the same time.”
 
Then, there’s the stirring title track, which takes flight on a nylon string guitar and herimpressive delivery. “Loners have a slight insecurity, but also a lot of pride,” she smiles.“I’m a very independent person. I’m writing about that sense of detachment that creates comfort.”
 
Now, Arum’s stories have the power to resound with listeners worldwide on Loners. “Ihope when people hear my music they can find a sense of themselves in it,” she leavesoff. “Maybe they can relate to it, and it might move them.”

 

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