Premiere: Sunshine & The Rain’s Dazzling “It’s All in Your Mind”

Sunshine and the Rain © Judy Anderson
Sunshine & The Rain swap their garage/punk ethos for a powerful pop mentality in “It’s All in Your Mind,” an emphatically bright and upbeat song dwelling in heartbreak and sorrow.

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You realized that you only ever told her you loved her with liquor on your mind.

If a sad song sounds happy, then is it still sad? Sunshine & The Rain embrace the complex nature of their name in new single “It’s All in Your Mind,” an emphatically upbeat pop song dwelling in heartbreak and sorrow.

Gotta get up
Gotta make it okay
It’s time to end it
It doesn’t matter who breaks
As long as you are
The one who’s calling the shots
You’ll make it through it
Just pretend she’s not the one
“It’s All In Your Mind” – Sunshine & the Rain

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “It’s All In Your Mind,” the lead single and opener off Sunshine & The Rain’s forthcoming sophomore album, Beneath the Stars (out October 26, 2018 via Ernest Jenning Record Co). The married duo of Ashley and Justin Morey (formerly of the Black Hollies), Sunshine & The Rain shot onto the New Jersey music scene in 2015 and released their dynamic debut album, In the Darkness of My Night, in mid-2017. Raucous and turbulent, the debut feels straight out of a garage: Its raw grit and relentless hard rock intensity made Sunshine & The Rain out to be a ruthless lo-fi version of DOROTHY.

In The Darkness Of My Night - Sunshine & The Rain

Sunshine & The Rain’s 2017 debut album, ‘In The Darkness of My Night’

“It’s All In Your Mind” reveals another side to Sunshine & The Rain’s artistry as they swap the punk ethos for a pop mentality. Recorded with Tom Beaujour at Nuthouse Recording and Kaleidoscope Sound in New Jersey, Beneath the Stars is the high fidelity “yang” to In the Darkness of My Night‘s “yin” – but just because they’re making more buoyant sounds doesn’t mean they’re all Sunshine now: There’s still plenty of the Rain to go around in the band’s music songs.

Inside sweet Fleetwood Mac-like soft rock sounds, we hear Ashley Morey sing a dark story of emotional rupture and self-discovery. The protagonist wakes up to heavy clouds overhead as memories of heartbreak come flooding in alongside the morning sun.

Beneath The Stars - Sunshine and the Rain

‘Beneath the Stars,’ Sunshine & The Rain’s upcoming second album

You left crying in her pillow every night
And you can say it’s not fair
that she didn’t care enough to fight
You know we’re all just protecting
our hearts and I guess you realize
That you only ever told her
you loved her with liquor on your mind

The song’s repeated line, “I guess you realized that you only ever told her you loved her with liquor on your mind,” offers a particularly enticing slice of reflection and substance. Everything comes crashing down with the end of something that was supposed to last a lifetime. The plans you made… the love you shared… the protagonist watches helplessly as an entire universe comes to a close, lost to history as a partnership becomes a solo act.

All the while, the audience is treated to an infectiously feelgood singalong. Driven by emphatic claps, shimmering harmonies, and jangly guitar strums, “It’s All In Your Mind” radiates sonic beauty and melodic light. The juxtaposition is absolutely entralling as Ashley Morey’s charming voice tells this harrowing tale – but how can we  be sad, when the words sound so sweet to our ears?

Hold on, you can taste it
You can feel her heart is breaking
And she’s calling,
but you shouldn’t
So you pretend it’s all in your mind

“Being a perceptive and sensitive person, it’s sometimes hard to know exactly where my songs come from,” Sunshine & The Rain’s Ashley Morey tells Atwood Magazine. “They’re usually a reaction to what I’ve observed and everything floating around my mind. Although I usually write in first person, this is a rare occasion I’ve written as a narrator in a story. The story is a portrayal of the daily struggle and how much we can confuse ourselves, especially when it comes to love. I wanted to express how powerful the idea of suggestion can be, and how, whether or not it’s true, we can talk ourselves into believing anything if we tell ourselves it’s all in our mind.”

Sunshine and the Rain © Alexander Thompson

Sunshine and the Rain © Alexander Thompson

Sunshine & The Rain have absolutely outdone themselves on “It’s All In Your Mind,” a dazzling track about the one who got away. Returning to the fold a year after their debut to show off fully-realized, emotionally resonant lyricism with an excitingly fresh buoyant sound, the band is sure to break out of New Jersey in no time at all. Stream “It’s All In Your Mind” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and stay tuned for more from artist-to-watch Sunshine & The Rain as we lead up to Beneath The Stars‘ October 27 release!

Then you’re alright now
Got yourself a steady job
A home and wife who
Will follow you when you move
Out to the West Coast
To start a family with her
And all the plans you had made together
Before you broke down on the A train going home
Were you running for your bus or just running from fear alone?
You know we’re all just protecting our hearts and I guess you realize
That you only ever told her you loved her with liquor on your mind

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com