East Tennessee folk singer-songwriter Teni Rane unveils her single, “Caramel,” the third of four songs comprising the Goldenrod era.
Tinted with classical and Spanish-lite flavors, “Caramel” drifts and flows on evocative layers of guitars and the lusciously haunting cello of Dave Eggar. Rane’s vocals drip with dreamy, velvety timbres, imbuing the lyrics with low-slung bewitching surfaces.
“Full moon fall night – I only see the ghosts of colors / That would’ve shimmered in the sun / Half empty light – you’d never see it comin’ / But something has begun.”
Guitar Girl Magazine spoke with Teni Rane to find out more about the inspiration for “Caramel,” her gear, and The Goldenrod Singles.
What inspired “Caramel,” the latest of your Goldenrod singles?
Full moons in the fall! There’s a gravity in fall nights, especially when the moon shines full and bright. With the instrumentation in “Caramel”, I wanted to echo that mysterious lunar pull and the flash of fiery colors fluttering in an inviting breeze. We are always moving towards something in life and sometimes we need a little bit of a pull in the right direction. There is adventure in following something that is half concealed in shadows and still clear enough to let you know that you ought to keep walking toward that newness.
Explain the meaning behind “The Goldenrod Singles.”
This collection of songs is the lead-off for a full album project I am working on. The album will share the name of the title track: “Goldenrod” (which was released in August of 2023). There are still several songs in the recording process and my goal is to release the full album in 2024. Similarly, to the title track, the album ‘Goldenrod’ is an exploration into where I go in times of change and challenge and newness. The album collection (as well as these first releases) is largely inspired by the shoulder season between the intense final heat of summer and the eventual cooling into autumn. These songs are reactions to events and memories in my life and are integral pieces for me in getting curious about how I react or respond to the past in my present. Even though these songs come from very specific moments in my life, the themes, emotions, and stories that I’m dealing with in my writing are so universal: discomfort in th