Through Waves is the solo project created by transgender artist Raine Holtz, from Brazil. Far from the poor division of categories, Raine tirelessly works in her enclosed refuge to create an unique world of notes and richly detailed images, exclusively drawn, specially connected. The port of Through Waves is its independent record label The Schooner Harbour, by which the music is produced and released to the public, and in this port Raine alone composes, sings, plays, records, masters, edits, draws, produces, publishes and promotes her transcendent art.
For the most part, Through Waves’ compositions work as a medium of interaction between Raine and the world: a musical therapy. Through the healing quality of music as a tool of self-discovery and personal acceptance, she produces an ongoing documentation about her impressions of life. In this way, Through Waves becomes a vulnerable, intimate experience, meant to offer solace and understanding for those who feel the same way.
Elegant and thoroughly refined, the diversified music of Through Waves plays with many different musical genres and structures, becoming something way out of the ordinary guitar-based standard of current popular music: instruments such as the hurdy-gurdy, celtic harps, recorders and woodwinds, bowed strings, accordion and a vast array of hand-percussions from Latin, Middle-Eastern and African origins create alongside with synth pads and electronic landscapes a distinct atmosphere that would categorize the project as “world fusion”, “darkwave” or “ethereal”. But even art-rock, progressive influences and gothic ambiences are present, enriching the music to astounding levels. Using ancient instruments from all over the world, accompanied by a deep historical and cultural research, Raine explores conceptual themes that cannot be compared to the work of most bands: there is nothing trivial or mundane in Through Waves.
Since 2006, Raine works with Through Waves, and released under the private label The Schooner Harbour a series of albums, EPs and singles. While presenting her own music live in rare occasions, the fascination for Traditional music from a myriad of different cultures takes Raine out in the streets of her city, busking with a hurdy-gurdy and presenting a complete different approach in the way of sharing music: a very intimate and incredibly rich offering to the passing crowd, proving that diversity and flexibility are two key-words to describe this seriously underrated project, silently humming its enchanting magic below our noses for long years.