Folk/Pop influences with a focus on melody and lyrics with the threads of hope sewn in. Themes range from fears for a brother going off to war, to dealing with a loved ones difficult medical news, to learning the beauty of a growing family.
The Rafters second CD "With the Sun" was recorded and mixed in their basement from Sept. 08 ~ June of '09 in-between the sounds of the furnace and the noise of life. Just days after the first tracks were recorded they would learn there would be another "little Rafter" on the way. Through a long and reflective pregnancy, long work weeks, the ice storm of '08, and trying to keep up with their two daughters, the final vocal track for "Amazing (02)" was recorded the day before their son, Carter David, was born.
"With the Sun" is made up of 10 songs that focus on melody and lyrics over a blend of folk/pop influences. Themes range from fears for a brother going off to war in "Don't Lose Yourself", to dealing with a loved ones difficult medical news in "Hideaway", to learning the beauty of a growing family in "Amazing". Running through the Rafters music are the threads of hope, Miki sings: "Like a petal heavy from the rain, with the sun we rise again..."