Unique union under the Rainbow

By Adriene Moore |Staff Writer|

The collaboration of Danny and Tiffany Preston from Rainbow Arabia may have been accidental, but their unique sound is purposeful.
The duo of Rainbow Arabia was created by the married couple when both partners were actually part of two different bands.

Beat-maker Danny Preston was a keyboard player for the band Future Pigeon for eight years and vocalist Tiffany Preston played guitar for two other bands.

Rainbow Arabia’s sound can be described as “Fourth World Pop,” a type of music that employs modern technological treatments and is influenced by various cultures and eras.

You will be shocked to come across a song on one of their albums that doesn’t emanate ethnic and tribal undertones, and the Prestons aren’t afraid to show it.

“Good music is always supposed to step on toes,” said Tiffany during an interview with the LA Times, “Our intentions are always positive, and we wanted to open people’s ears to sounds they were supposed to be afraid of. But I could see how if I was wearing a burka in photos that would be offensive. Ah, wait, I did that actually.”

Rainbow Arabia’s musical sound is just about as surprising as their musical influences. Their influences range from the heavy metal sound of Metallica to the new wave style of Talking Heads.

Rainbow Arabia’s latest album, Boys and Diamonds, was released in Feb. 2011 to rave critical reviews.

“Boys and Diamonds is a tremendous variation of electronic and pop music that fit perfectly in our roster,” said Jon Berry, the band’s label manager, in an interview with the LA Times.

One of their more notable tracks, “Omar K,” is a song that takes the listener on a journey to Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

The official music video for “Omar K” features the couple going up and down aisles at a grocery store.

If it sounds harmless enough, the surprising thing is that Tiffany is pushing around a shopping cart while wearing a wild beard and elf ears. In the cart is a child dressed exactly the same.

The video then shows an excited Tiffany fighting against a baker using long bread rolls whilst a woman behind the play glass smears pink goo on the window.

Admittedly, Rainbow Arabia’s video is definitely unconventional. But different can be a good thing when done right. In the music world today, it’s not easy to find an album that is raw, unashamed and makes no apologies for the way it is.

Rainbow Arabia’s latest album, Boys and Diamonds, was released in February 2011 to rave critical reviews.

“Boys and Diamonds is a tremendous variation of electronic and pop music that fit perfectly in our roster,” said Jon Berry, the band’s label manager, in an interview with the LA Times.

Their tour to promote the album has unfortunately ended in the U.S. last month, but a European tour is currently in progress.

To see tour dates, or if you just want to give Rainbow Arabia a listen, check their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/rainbowarabia.

 

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