Norwegian indie/folk-pop/Americana duo Oakland Rain introduces their new single/music video, “If You Were A Song,” a track from their upcoming double full-length debut album, Twin Flames.
Twins Maren and Charlotte Wallevik make up Oakland rain. “If You Were A Song” and the forthcoming album explores themes of identity, the symbiosis of twins, and the internal struggle of fear and freedom. The upcoming double album comprises two sides, organized by color and genre.
Twin Flame Part 1: The Evergreen, which is slated for release in August 2024, reveals the elegant earthiness of Americana. Inspired by their time in Northern California and their grandfather’s musical preferences, this side of the album delves into the realism of life, delving into themes of self-evolution, compassion, mental health, social engagement, and nature.
Releasing in spring 2025, Twin Flame Part 2: Heavenly Blue uncovers evanescent flavors of Nordic alternative pop.
Talking about the project, Maren says, “The title ‘Twin Flames’ felt like us—we are literally twin flames—the music on the album is influenced by the dualities that shape us.”
While Charlotte adds, “These two albums are our expression of the human condition. The green side is the realism of life, and the blue side is escapism and imagination. We need both—you can show courage and still hold fear. They can and do coexist.”
“If You Were A Song” opens on low-slung, creamy, drifting colors of guitar, fiddle, and banjo topped by delicate, evocative vocals that expand to lusciously glowing, intermingling harmonies. Sensations of nostalgia imbue the lyrics with warm surfaces, giving the tune opulent tints of wistfulness.
“If you were a song, I would play it from a 67 Mustang / With the wind in our hair, driving by the ocean through America.”
The video depicts images of the twins strolling through a field, riding around in a vintage Mustang, and reveling in the cool, ocean breezes of a marina.
Highlighted by the plush, gossamer harmonies of Oakland Rain, “If You Were a Song” zeroes in on the sweet spot of gorgeous country music.