River Spirit: EP 2 tape (Atonuv, 2018)

March 29, 2018 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

River Spirit: EP 2 tape

Detroit trio River Spirit play a gently abstract form of experimental pop, highlighted by Vanessa Reynolds’ vocals, which constantly twist like vines. Their songs seem a bit tense, certainly affected by the frustrations of the world as well as personal isolation, but they’re ultimately strong, uplifting and vibrant. This EP is more electronic than their first one, and the languid but tricky beats and dreamy atmospheres elevate their songs into a strange yet warm and comforting space. The short EP goes by quickly, and all of it sounds wonderful, but they save the best song for last. “Dime” has sluggish trip-hop beats and the right amount of heavenly echo on the vocals, not to mention some big, bulging bass tones. This is a song I’m finding myself hitting rewind on (literally, since it’s a tape). Hear for yourself at Bandcamp.

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