April is almost upon us, and for some parts of the planet, that means imminent, endless downpour.
To prepare you — and to soften the sock-soaking blow — we’ve compiled 7 of our favorite (and soon to be your favorite) rain-related songs and videos from around the world. Between all the South African psych pop, Mexican new wave, and classic K-pop — you’ll learn to love April, life-threatening hail and all!
Ducky — “Like Rain”
Let’s start in San Francisco, where newcomer Ducky is dropping heady, rainy-day electropop in a very outdoor bathtub. Hear her single “Like Rain” off her debut EP The Whether, and get sullen.
Jotdog — “Lluvia de las Estrellas”
Mexico City indie juggernauts Jotdog went 80s steampunk pirate pop fantasy in “Lluvia de las Estrellas,” or “rain from the stars” – which, turns out, looks something like snow.
Jonti — “Firework Spraying Moon”
Speaking of floating material from outer space, this avant-psych pop track from South Africa-bred, Sydney-based producer Jonti sounds like the Beatles bought an MPC. Fireworks spraying from the moon sort of sounds like it might be rain — but basically, I’ll take any excuse to write about this song.
Dead Sara — “Weatherman”
Rain isn’t all about tinkery synthpop. Back in Cali, foursome Dead Sara is greeting the rainy season with ruthless guitars and grungy rock. From their upcoming debut, here is an ode to everyone’s rain season enemy.
Rain — “I’m Coming”
This video contains no rain in the meteorological sense, save for a singular droplet of water crawling all over K-pop star Rain’s chiseled bod. But this list was in dire need of Tablo and high-budge war imagery.
New Look — “The Ballad”
This is a lovely, melancholy neon-age track set to noir imagery — brought to you by Canadian Kinect innovators, New Look. It’s perfect for longing over an ex whilst gazing from a rain-spattered windowpane. In the 80s.
Hurricane Love — “Serial Liar”
A storm is brewing in Malmö, Sweden. The high-energy pop sextet, Hurricane Love is leaving a trail of love-scorned, candy synthpop damage with their hit single “Serial Liar.”