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Oakland Rain's "If You Were A Song" Review: A Harmonious Tribute to Heritage and Harmony

In the ethereal realm where Norwegian indie folk-pop meets the heartland soul of Americana, Oakland Rain's latest single, "If You Were A Song," stands as a shimmering testament to the power of musical connection and familial bonds. As part of their forthcoming double full-length debut album, "Twin Flames," this pastoral country ballad not only showcases the duo's musical prowess but also delves deep into the rich tapestry of their shared heritage and personal experiences.

With delicate finger-picked guitar, fiddle, banjo, and the sumptuous interlace of Maren and Charlotte Wallevik's harmony vocals, "If You Were A Song" unfolds like a nostalgic reverie. Drawing inspiration from their maternal grandfather's profound love for American country and folk music, Oakland Rain paints vivid imagery of Mustang muscle cars cruising by the ocean, capturing the essence of freedom and adventure.

The influence of musical legends like Simon & Garfunkel reverberates through the harmonious vocals of the twin sisters, infusing the track with a timeless quality that resonates deeply with listeners. But beyond its melodic allure, "If You Were A Song" serves as a gateway into the intimate world of Oakland Rain's artistic vision.

Through the lens of their forthcoming album, "Twin Flames," Maren and Charlotte explore themes of identity, the symbiotic relationship of being twins, and the internal struggle between fear and liberation. Divided into two parts, each reflecting a distinct hue of their emotional spectrum, the album promises to be a transformative journey through the complexities of the human experience.

"Twin Flame Part 1: The Evergreen," slated for release in August 2024, embraces an earthy Americana aesthetic inspired by their time in Northern California and their grandfather's musical legacy. Here, Oakland Rain invites listeners to contemplate themes of self-discovery, compassion, mental well-being, and our intrinsic connection to nature.

In contrast, "Twin Flame Part 2: Heavenly Blue," set to debut in spring 2025, promises to whisk audiences away on a Nordic-inspired odyssey of alternative pop, offering a respite from the mundanity of everyday life through the prism of imagination and escapism.

As Maren and Charlotte eloquently express, "Twin Flames" is not just an album; it's a reflection of their dualities—the intersection of realism and fantasy, courage and fear. Through their music, Oakland Rain invites us to embrace the multifaceted nature of our existence and find solace in the beauty of shared experiences.

In "If You Were A Song," Oakland Rain invites us to embark on a captivating journey through the contrasting landscapes of their artistic universe—a journey that promises to ignite our imaginations, stir our emotions, and remind us of the universal language that binds us all: the language of music.

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