The band Rainne is composed of singer-songwriter Annie Dingwall and saxophonist/engineer Justin Klunk who met at a Grammy camp the summer before their freshman year at USC. Both are strong musicians in their own right, with Annie having a successful singer-songwriter career and Justin touring as a saxophone player for Saint Motel, Lindsey Stirling, and even Ariana Grande.
When it comes to the saxophone, Justin Klunk likes to experiment. He uses a pedal and harmonizer with the instrument to take it “out of its traditional archetype”. From Kanye’s Kenny G solo on “Use This Gospel” to even the summer throwback “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore, the love of sax has seen a resurgence in popular music over the past 10 years.
Rainne is using this to their advantage and mixes the moodiness of L.A. depression with the sweet soulfulness of the saxophone.
“Our stuff has always been more on the dark, moodier side of pop,” Annie says. “We’ve gone so far away from people’s preconceived notions of what we are doing,”
And that’s exactly where Rainne likes to be, in the middle of the chaos, never quite sure what direction they’re going to take.. A recent example would be their somber cover of Britney Spears “Hit Me Baby One More Time” a song many dark, moodier bands might not touch, but Rainne is not like any other band.
Scenes was honored to have Rainne on one of our Scenes Live Sessions. Check out their L.A. cool and sweet smooth sax melodies below!