The title alone of “Catching Rainbows” is enough to brighten your day as we all gear up for the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. But give it a listen and, far beyond that, you will hear how Carlsson and Diaz crafted a compelling tune, then went back inside and ramped things up with another look and listen.
“That song is one of our favorites,” said Carlsson, who joined Gov’t Mule in 2008. “…It’s complex but it floats.”
“Catching Rainbows” was originally featured on the vinyl edition of the third Little Days album, “Pop & Tacos.” Never quite satisfied with the way it turned out, Diaz and Carlsson recently remixed and remastered the song.
Little Days touts their new take as, “A dreamlike contemplation about life’s journey taking us to realizations through acceptance and growth.”
Written by Carlsson and Diaz, this song has plenty to offer.
“Catching Rainbows” is haunting, driving, deliberate and determined. Diaz with her vocals, in one swoop, evokes the all-encompassing fire and fury of Heart‘s Ann and Nancy Wilson; the pop abandon of Abba; and the enticing allure of an Elton John anthem. But there is plenty of space to move about and the listener is invited to feel their way through the song using lyrics and melody as touchstones.
Carlsson plays guitars, bass and percussion and in the process creates a soundscape with a raw edge and a beating heart. Joining in are Fern Sanchez on drums; Roger Joseph Manning Jr. on keyboard and synthesizers; and Chris Horvath on strings and flute Mellotron.
“Pop & Tacos” featured Steve Ferrone and Mike Campbell from Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers; Steve Lukather of Toto and Ringo Starr‘s All Starr Band; and Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes and Matt Abts. Live, Little Days features Jackson Browne keyboard player Jeff Young.
The release of “Catching Rainbows” builds on Carlsson’s musical influences, which include ABBA, 10CC, Pink Floyd, the Carpenters and Black Sabbath; and Diaz’s musical influences, which include ABBA, Yes and Olivia-Newton John.
The origins of Little Days — the band’s name is a play on Diaz’s name — can be traced to 1991. That’s when Carlsson arrived in the U.S. from his homeland of Sweden to attend a Los Angeles music school. Diaz, a songwriter and vocalist of Cuban heritage, was a sound engineering instructor and Carlsson was hired to perform in the recording process. The two caught each other’s attention and the rest, as they say, is history.