The sparse orchestration of Luke Rathborne's music has a strong emotional quality all to itself. It is, however, Rathborne's vocals that make you feel as he feels, and want what he wants: to be one. I'm sure that's left for interpretation, but the whole song has a feeling of pulling yourself together and moving on to me. It's rare that such a somber track can still leave you with hope at the end, and for that I commend Rathborne. The more recent I Can Be One EP is the sequel to his previous Dog Years EP, despite that it takes on a much less pop lean. They may not necessarily belong together, but they are both about the same thing: Rathborne's fear of connecting. This is also the track that apparently got Devendra Banhart to take Rathborne on tour with him, for what that's worth.
MP3 :: Luke Rathborne - I Can Be One
I Can Be One EP / Dog Years EP drops March 8 via Dilettante Recordings.