Rain Drinkers' inaugural release, originally on 99 cassettes via Earjerk Records
"Five cinematic, moody pieces for a grey day. Rain Drinkers are Joe Taylor, Zavier Krall and The Creative Spirit. Track one, 'You Are Now Starting the Awakening Process' calms the soul with a nice organ and piano melody that you can drift on. 'The Next Phase' gets a little scarier as the demons stir in dark places not wanting to be disturbed. "Let us sleep." they moan. But that can not be... for The Healing Begins NOW. The care continues and cleanses the chakras with tracks like 'Research b17 TODAY' and 'Ascension NOW' which features some of the weepiest violin ever. Limited to 99 copies."
"This is real good stuff, but it was a mixed bag in terms of the songs I liked more than others. Tracks like The Next Phase have the warm hum I so deeply love. The more disturbing stuff was… well a lot more disturbing; weirdly filtered vocals and dark, echoey sounds. I am having kind of a bad life week and disturbing just wasn’t what I was having tonight. Ascension NOW was back to my liking more, with the strings. Even sad strings sound beautiful to me. This is another instrumental/ambient album that has a strong narrative quality, which is good considering the spiritual overtones and gospel label the band has self-applied."
- Jayson of To Eleven
"Being a sport, and an obedient reader that I am, upon reading the titles of the tracks and hitting track number 4, I immediately decided to research 617 today. I went to my big brother the Google, and typed. By mistake, maybe, I typed “Research 617″ instead of just the three digits number. What I got was the page for Covance GFI Research. I don’t know what’s inside these labs, but I do know that in another Covance laboratory, close to where the members of Raindrinkers live, incidentally, monkeys are being poisoned and tortured by “researchers”. This evil place is a fine reason and justification, even if (probably) unintentional, to bestow a healing process of which the members of Raindrinkers, named Zoe Taylor, Zavier Krall and, mentioned as well, the Holy Spirit, are declaring. The sounds of pianos, violins, guitars maybe, and electronics begin this ceremonial process in a charming manner, one that invites you to dive into the moist world of the Raindrinkers. It’s a very rich world of beautiful sounds which crystallize into beautiful, tiny melodies, where it seems like soft, yet vivid emotions are being manifested from these tones. Other faces reveal themselves as we move along this album. Vague, dreamy words are spoken over a more laid back, drifting music. It mixes back and forth with heavenly harp, or harp like music, making me drift into a less conscious state, so these words I am hearing will penetrate my mind more easily. This music, a constant magical dawn which seem to grow in intensity, yet magically remain in a steady level of being subtly hinted instead of fully exposed, indeed like a dawning morning, shifts and changes. The side of the Cassette changes and I discover even more surprises. Now, as the sides changed, I hear a much more solemn music, based on violins and other strings, alongside a lonely piano. On the next track we are taker into a much darker realm, much to the pleasure of any Lustmord Fan. If I thought that this album is rich with sounds and textures, on the first track I heard, now I am facing a much broader world with even more sounds and ideas for me to receive and perceive. “The healing begins now” is a charming work of music, drifting peacefully, like a shuttle craft through space, from heavenly landscapes to bleak voids, as a silent observer, fascinated by the surroundings more than needing to interact with them. Am I healed now? Perhaps not. But I do feel much better, as these musicians know how to create an exciting, sensual and charismatic musical ritual that it’s going to be really great to come back to every now and then. "
- Culture Is Not Your Friend !
released 01 January 2010
Joe Taylor, Zavier Krall and The Creative Spirit