River Spirit: Me I Fall (self-released, 2019)

February 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

River Spirit: Me I Fall

River Spirit’s second EP was one of my favorites from last year, and the Detroit trio have now released a short but powerful album. The majority of the nine songs on Me I Fall are brief, but they’re filled with tight, unpredictable arrangements, mostly for guitars and drums but also incorporating synths and strings. Vanessa Reynolds’ vocals twist along with the instruments, sometimes blossoming into harmonies or becoming dreamier with a splash of reverb. Some tracks switch between several ideas in a short time, like “Dim the Light,” highlighted by the proclamation “I changed my mind”. The catchiest tune is the comforting love song “You”, which is under three minutes but memorable enough to seem much longer. “20 Years” actually does repeat its hook more, meditating on time going by and not knowing what to do but knowing that something has to change, and building up to a more transcendent bridge. All the while, the arrangement is constantly shifting and developing, underscoring the impact of the words.

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