Bringin’ It Backwards: Interview with Edwin Raphael

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Together with American Songwriter, we had the pleasure of interviewing Edwin Raphael over Zoom video! 

Edwin Raphael shares his new single “Time to Sink” off his forthcoming EP Staring at Ceilings due out February 26th via Dine Alone Records. The track begins softly, advanced by layered textures of peaceful vocals, sharp horns, refined guitars, and crisp drums. “Time to Sink” embraces stillness even when life continues to shift back and forth with light.

In December, Edwin Raphael shared his single “Sea of Things” accompanied by its music video. On “Sea of Things” Edwin gives off Jeff Buckley vibes by bearing the same soulful intensity. It’s a gorgeous, striking piece of work attributed to Edwin’s innate talents and sheer efficiency with instrumentation. On the narrative front, “Sea of Things” is an ode to existence and dissociation catalyzed by anxiety. “Sea of Things” is a testament to the chaotic and often times, perplexing nature of the ocean and of living without control.

This past fall, Edwin released his first single off the EP “Mild Sanity (feat. Juletta).” Deeply absorbing and incredibly cathartic all at once, Edwin’s languid vocals and atmospheric melodies take listeners’ minds outside the cruelties of the world’s relentless wreckage. “Mild Sanity” is also elevated by NYC pop singer-songwriter Juletta’s ethereal cadence. The track was lauded by Under The Radar, American Songwriter, EARMILK, Culture Collide, Indie Shuffle, and was included on Spotify’s Folk & Friends playlist and NPR’s New Music Friday playlist.

Staring at Ceilings is a 5-song EP produced with Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National, Local Natives) that reflects the spectrum of human indulgence and the cost of our anxieties.

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“You can’t win if you don’t play” is a quote that lives within singer-songwriter Edwin Raphael. Ditching a career path carved out by his father, Edwin is headstrong on finding his own way in a world no longer concerned with archaic traditions. The 25-year-old artist, living in Montreal, Canada, uprooted from Dubai, creates music instilled with spiraling emotion, which resonates on both the shattered and enriching moments in life.

Edwin released his debut LP Will You Think of Me Later? in 2019. Prior to that, he released a pair of EPs—Ocean Walk in 2015 and Cold Nights in 2017. With over 14M+ cumulative streams spanning ~175,000 monthly listeners, he’s been featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday Canada, indie pop & chill, Indie Chillout, Lush + Ethereal, Chill Singer-Songwriter, and Folk Favourites playlists.

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