The restrained opening of Keep It Close’s latest single, “Rainbow in the Garden,” though quiet, is an immediate attention grabber. The muted electric guitar, minimal drums, and dark bass under sensitive vocals give a sense of tenuous control, as a creaking dam holds back a rising flood. It’s foreshadowing of what’s to come next in the track - a huge, radiant chorus of arching synth tones and impassioned rock vocals.
We like the track’s unique sound and arrangement that combines 2000s emo/alt-rock and brighter indie pop, like a mix of rain and sun, and eventually leads to a heavier, more emotional ending chorus - the track’s rainbow. Knowing that the song is about a friend who succumbed to a long struggle with addiction, there is a final gravity and sadness to the last chorus that is equal parts moving and sobering. It is natural emotion bound by personal reflection and group artistry.
Keep It Close - Rainbow in the Garen