There’s a delicate artistry to the way Heather Gruber lets her subject matter influence her sound. In her single, “Hiding From the Rain”, she details the joy that comes from letting go of inhibitions and the symbiosis of love.
Piano notes drip and drop through the piece, punctuating the smooth and clear vocals that linger with a hint of rawness. It isn’t until the strum of an acoustic guitar joins the melody that the sounds blend together. Seamless and folk-tinged, the song swells.
As the song progresses and the lushness of strings accompany in wisely chosen moments, the subject matter changes. No longer is Gruber willing to hide from the rain. Now her interest is in embracing it. The piano-raindrops fall more frequently and the song — were it not for the steady vocal melody — transforms into something almost entirely separate from where it began.