A recording of many firsts. Time Gone is a time capsule as elastic as time itself. A non linear modern foray into the past, a timeless timestamp of love and loss.
This double A side release is Rain Phoenix’s first single as a solo artist; on side A “Time is the Killer”, featuring Michael Stipe, and two previously unreleased tracks by her brother River Phoenix’s band Aleka’s Attic, “Where I’d Gone”/ “Scales & Fishnails”, on side AA. This beguiling release will be available on Valentines’ Day, February 14th, 2019 on producer/musicians Lawrence Rothman, Justin Raisen and Yves Rothman’s new label Kro Records in collaboration with Rain’s own LaunchLeft imprint. For dedicated Aleka’s Attic fans and future fans of solo artist Rain Phoenix, Time Gone is a poetic harbinger of things to come.
River Phoenix was 5 and Rain was 3 years old when they began playing music and forming their identities through song. As the calendar marked the 25th anniversary of River’s death, Rain wanted to honor her brother’s joy of music by releasing two of his songs from their band, Aleka’s Attic. Says Rain, “It’s so hard to believe he’s been gone for 25 years. It really made me think about the construct of time, how we create it to make sense of things, and how especially with grief, it never really snaps to a grid. That said, a quarter of a century has a definite weight to it and I felt compelled and guided to share River the musician, with the world.”
Although River is remembered as an actor foremost, it was music that was his first and deepest passion. The same is true for Rain who after a time in film and TV turned her focus back to music. The prospect of opening this musical time capsule inspired Rain to compose her first ever single as a solo artist, “Time is the Killer”. Simple, deep and essential,”Time is the Killer” is a very grown up song about the nature of time and its effect on love and grief. Who better to bend our ears to the heart of the matter than Michael Stipe, whose voice arrives like a gentle spirit reminding us that even sorrow can be sweet. Having spent a lifetime performing in bands, most recently as part of the critically acclaimed acoustic folk duo Venus and the Moon, Rain’s “Time is the Killer” is just the beginning of what we can expect to hear from her own unique sound and creative vision.
The two Aleka’s Attic songs are a love bomb for long time fans of the band, of River as an artist, and of his collaboration with Rain who was 16 when the band formed in 1988. The uncanny thing about Aleka’s Attic is that it feels alive and entirely timeless. There is a moment in the song “Where I’d Gone” where River screams a guttural scream – so honest and elemental – it’s Rain’s favorite moment in the track as it ends with a languid almost silly sigh so different in tone than the scream. Inviting the listener a glimpse at River’s sense of humor. Followed by “Scales & Fishnails”, which in just 45 seconds manages to evoke youthful precocity, while tackling the desire for authentic connection within the truth of rejection. River’s words and music coming to us across a span of time somehow feel imbued with maturity and self-knowledge beyond his years.
We humans are capable of feeling such love for each other because we know that we can lose each other. When we do, the love does not go away; in some ways it intensifies, into a distillation: the spirit of the love we feel for the lost one takes on its own identity.