River Spirit: Constant Lullaby (self-released, 2020)

August 3, 2020 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

River Spirit: Constant Lullaby

Detroit trio River Spirit follow up last year’s excellent Me I Fall full-length with the shorter, more intimate Constant Lullaby. While 2018’s EP 2 flirted with trip-hop and electro-pop, and Me I Fall had some of the group’s jazziest, most sophisticated material, this one feels a bit more direct, even with a few brief, abstract interludes. “Constant Lullaby” has scratchy alt-rock guitars which drive the lonesome refrain “and it ain’t no party without you”. After the moody instrumental “Deeper Fantasy”, which features dark shades of bells behind its tricky guitar and drum rhythm, “Let It All Go” is a more easygoing but still slightly anxious ode to a promised rendezvous. The dreamy sway of “Don’t Look Back” segues into “Agency”, which has a similar mood but more tightly wound vocals, and “Crooked Wonder” has more of a contrast between moments which flow with release and choppier, more aggressive elements. Tapes have yet to ship out, but this fine release is available to stream now.

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