“There’s plenty of sway between the vocalists projected melodies, dancing between the grooving instrumentals and steady pulse. This is a vivacious tune with audible energy being transferred…”
“Dobken does an excellent job telling a story not just with the lyrics on “Everybody Wants,” but in the music as well…She crafts an incredible rock ballad here, the horn section mixing with the tones of her guitar to create a truly moving piece of music.”
Rachel Ana Dobken (drums, guitar, vocals, piano) has a knack for blending indie-rock, soul and jazz. Described as “My Morning Jacket meets Lake Street Dive,” Her music is raw and honest with a stage presence so emotionally captivating it's been compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley and Janis Joplin.
Dobken’s highly anticipated LP, When It Happens To You, dropped October 2018 features Dobken (producer/songwriter, drums, vocals, guitar, piano), Dan Haase (bass), Ryan MacLean (guitar), Andy Jackle (drums- Intro, Got Away, Taking My Time), Chris Dubrow (bass- Us, Taking My Time), Mark Masefield (B3 organ), Joey Henderson (guitar, vocals), Danny Clinch (harmonica) Ian Gray (trombone), Bruce Krywinski (trumpet), Denis Daley (bari sax). Recorded at Cedar Sounds in Oceanport, NJ.
All photographs for the record were taken by famed rock photographer, Danny Clinch who has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams and many more. Rachel works closely with Clinch as Musical Director at his Transparent Gallery in Asbury Park.
“Smoky, shimmering.” - Relix describing the first single, “Understand," off When It Happens to You, Aug. 2018.
"It’s a well-balanced piece of production that allows it’s songwriter room to breathe while also demonstrating sonic nuance and style. The end result is an engaging and focused track that represents Dobken’s musical and lyrical strengths and effectively sets the mood for her upcoming release.” - Kenny Bieber of Stars and Scars on “Understand,” Aug. 2018.
Nu Sound has described her as a total “badass.”
“Spontaneous and refined, its classic song structure is electrified by independence and a sparking sense of creative purpose.” - The Autumn Roses describing “Always,” the second single off When It Happens To You, Sept. 2018.
Dobken has been featured by The Aquarian Weekly, The Deli Magazine, NJ Arts, Relix Magazine, New York Times, Asbury Park Press, Travel+Leisure and more.
"...quiet but assertive, spacious but filled with resonant moments…Dobken crafted a series of layered, conceptually fascinating songs that often defy categorization." — SomethingElse! Reviews, Jan. 2014
"Dobken blends an intoxicating concoction of jazzy soulfulness and indie rock janglyness that often calls to mind the earlier work of St. Vincent and the more recent output of Fiona Apple….It's the sound of someone who doesn't just have a pretty, vibrato-filled voice, but an actual soul behind it. Detach is equal parts heart, soul, and brain, presenting a formula that will surely serve her well for years to come." - Heavy Blog is Heavy, June 2016.
"New York singer/songwriter Rachel Ana Dobken released 'Ability to Memory'…a movingly raw love song. Over elegantly chimerical guitar work that would make Andrés Segovia smile…" — The Deli Magazine, August 2015