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It’s raining here in Los Angeles - it does tend to do that at this time of year - the grey months of January and February where the desert forgets that it’s supposed to be dry and warm. And while I love the rain and am happy for the aquifer - damn if I’d forgotten how cold it can make everything!

But I’m inside, wrapped in woolen Uggs and cashmere sweater - dogs at my feet and fire where it’s supposed to be - everybody toasty warm and staring nonchalantly at the cold outside the window. There’s nothing so comforting than being warm inside on a wet day and yet…

Do you ever get the urge to go out - to wrap up even more, throw on waterproofs and go walking in the rain? There’s something magical about being out when no-one else is - when no-one else is crazy enough to brave the elements - the world looks empty and quiet and you can almost imagine that you’re the only person left alive. The feeling of isolation can be enthralling - especially if you have the right music to accompany you.

Enter Drifting Down from the wonderful Amara Falk - part of a four track EP “Four Movements” I highly recommend you listen to the whole thing. I love the imagery this track conjures up - the isolation the beauty, the sweet desolation - it’s the kind of track to stop and think on - to let yourself feel the cold, the wet, the rain dripping down your face, to be absolutely alone and in the moment and absolutely cognizant of where you are and what you are doing.

Musically this feels like a huge jump forward from her last EP in 2015 from which we featured Baby Bluebird earlier last year. The tones are more resonant, the instrumentation more complex and the overall production just streets ahead.

Even if you’re not the kind to wander out in the rain - this is a great track for setting an introspective mood and calming you down to identify and focus on the one thing you need to move forward with.

I’m back inside now - slowly reverting to my former state of warmth and comfort but - I brought something back with me from my trip outside - a memory - a decision - a course of action - a clarity I never had before I left.

Thank you Amara.

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About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey

Andrew McCluskey - Musicto Curator

The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.

Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician.  Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works.  It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.