In "The Rain That Falls," the first of a two EP companion project, Chris continues on many of the darker themes he explored in his first full-length album "An End To Endless Night." Given that it comes less than a year after that album's release this makes sense, but at the same time there is a new level of maturity. "I wrote about a lot of dark stuff in 'An End To Endless Night' and I really kept writing in a similar vein after its release, but started to see that sorrow and darkness is inextricably intertwined with joy and hope and happiness. We are born into this paradoxical existence of experiencing both in the same life, sometimes even in the same moment." This growth led to the writing of "Joy and Sorrow", which really became the catalyst for this EP project. The chorus of the song goes, "The sadness is like the rain that falls to wash away the toil and tread of all our pride, and the sun brings the color and the light just to remind us all that we are still alive."
Originally conceived as a new full length album project, Chris eventually to decided to split the two concepts into separate EPs. Thus "The Rain That Falls" explores themes of death, loss, memory, and sin.
"The Rain That Falls" also develops Chris' signature minimalist folk sound, creating a richer, fuller sound on songs like "Beautiful Goodbye," but also developing more ambient elements on pieces like "Come Down From Your Mountains" and "Winter In New York."
"The Rain That Falls" will be followed by its companion EP "The Color And The Light" sometime later this year.