Much of our lives today is spent in a state of busyness, and it can be hard to slow down and take a break. Luckily, we have musicians like Rein to help us take a moment to relax and take in the world at a different pace.
Rein is a Filipino-Canadian singer-songwriter who is releasing his third EP collection, Encounters, on Sept. 30. Combining contemporary R&B, jazz and pop music, Rein creates acoustic songs which highlight his mellow but powerful vocals.
Inspired by artists such as Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and TikTok sensation Laufey, Encounters consists of four original songs and an arrangement of “So This Is Love” from Disney’s Cinderella.
“I grew up mostly listening to vintage Disney songs, classical music and jazz,” said Rein in a press release.
“I wanted to create music that can make people feel they’re in a movie.”
Rein has achieved this goal in spades, creating a dreamy and romantic EP that puts a contemporary twist on the sound of vintage love songs while making you perceive the world in a softer way. With laid-back, lo-fi instrumentals accompanied by swells of backing vocals, Encounter’s vintage sound is brought into the modern era primarily through Rein’s lyrics, particularly in songs such as “Picture Perfect” and “Who Are You, Stranger?” which highlight aspects of modern relationships.
Encounter’s blend of classical, jazz and lo-fi music is both soothing and fascinating to listen to, as it presents a fusion of sounds not often heard in mainstream music. However, this unique sound may be something we begin to hear more of in the future, as Rein plans on continuing to pursue this musical exploration in coming albums.
“I loved singing jazz and classical standards when I was a part of my high school vocal jazz group and concert choir,” Rein said in the press release.
“I really want to incorporate the genres more in my songs in the future.”
Encounters will be available on all streaming platforms on Sept. 30.