Soft Rain is Peter Senior’s new release from his album On The Edge. It’s a big song with a contemplative lyric and his typical quasi-theatrical style arrangement and production.
The song is an ode to the beauty of rural life juxtaposed against the unsatisfying and depressive qualities of living in the city. It’s a ballad that has as much force and power as any fast-paced pop tune. Beginning with a late-night barroom piano intro, setting up the reflective and solemn mood, it soon evolves into a melodically engaging and complex arrangement of musical parts. A first verse segues into a pre-chorus with a minimal change in melody which provides a seamless transition into the chorus, a tantalising example of Peter’s ability to harness the magic and power of the kind of melody from another era. It is familiar and not, simultaneously. It sounds like something from the 1970s yet has a freshness to it that is undeniably now.
The chorus ends with a subtle tag that enables a smooth progression into the next round of verses. And this is where it gets interesting, with the melodies not a mere repeat of the first verse lines but a variation of them, used to great effect to create a nice feeling of rising tension and increased drama. Once another chorus comes and goes a guitar line introduces the bridge, yet another part, embedding a slightly different emotion into the song. What follows is a superb piano solo, harnessing the melodic hit points of the chorus.
Another surprise is in store, as rather than end on a succession of full throttle chorus sections, the song utilises portions of the melody and dishes it out in a smattering of lines, hinting at what had come before and using this method of picking apart the main melody, to reflect, perhaps, the main visual of the song: the rain. This track is sure to attract a lot of support, if not for the ingenuity of the melody and arrangement than for the public’s connection to the lyric.