Like your piano-driven pop infused with a tinge of sadness, but wrapped in the cozy warm blanket of boy/girl vocal harmonies and hummable melodies? Talain Rayne‘s “Dear Sister, Your Brother” (featuring Meg Lynch) sounds so upbeat, you’d probably never realize the poor guy is really crying on the inside. (Unless, of course, the Phoenixville, PA-based singer-songwriter straight-up told you his music is “influenced by nostalgia and his closest relationships,” contains lyrical content that “tugs on listeners’ hearts,” and that he “doesn’t hold back personal family struggles”—all of which he specifically mentions on his website.) Hey, Talain—cheer up, buddy! We can’t give you the kind of comforting reassurance you’re looking for in lyrics such as, “Please say everything is OK/tell me we can go play/like we did when we were younger”—but we can say that you write a pretty good pop song (which you can listen to here).
Every weekday at 1 p.m., Helen Leicht highlights a new song by a local artist during her XPN Middays program (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.). Tune in (or listen online) to hear today’s pick of the day, as well as plenty of other songs from the many musicians Philadelphia has to offer.