Rain Phoenix has appeared in dozens of movies, including Gus Van Sant's Even Cowboys Get the Blues and Othello. She's also lent vocals to bands like R.E.M. and Red Hot Chili Peppers. But with her musical project, papercranes, she's the one who's front and center. The collaborative work of a rotating cast of members, this experimental band is a dark blend of psych-inflected rock, folk and atmospheric melodies that conjure up comparisons to everyone from Radiohead to Warpaint. They've already released two full-length albums and recently debuted a new 7", Long Way, that's a little bit brooding, slightly rough, and definitely coo. Meet Rain and see the premiere of the new music video for "Long Way" below.
What's the story behind the band name papercranes?
It was inspired by Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, origami couture, world peace, natural and industrial cranes, patience, and paper.
Who did you listen to growing up?
! Here's an abbreviated list.! The Beatles, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground, Michael Jackson, The Smiths, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Steeley Dan, Simon and Garfunkel, Steel Pulse, Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, The Beach Boys, Diana Ross, Lloyd Cole, Robin Hitchcock, Peter Gabriel, The Police, X.T.C., Big Star, The Lounge Lizards, Sonic Youth,... and popular radio songs at that time.
What is the papercranes song that means the most to you?
The one that means the most to you.
If you could imagine an ideal scenario to listen to papercranes, what would it be?
When I'm on stage performing it.
What song is your guilty-pleasure right now?
The song of silence.