New River Music

This Week’s New River Music

Title: Back and Forth
Artist: Wild Child
Album: Expectations
Released: February 6, 2018
The Austin band released Expectations, from which this single comes, in February. They’re ukelele-driven and eclectic. The band says “it’s a really unique instrumentation, and we’re all very unique people. None of us would ever hang out if it wasn’t for this. None of us in the band are alike at all! It’s the music that keeps us together, and makes us live in a car and travel all over the world – not shower, not sleep – it’s just we all care so much about these songs. We like to make folks as happy as possible.”

Title: Sucker’s Prayer
Artist: The Decemberists
Album: I’ll Be Your Girl
Released: March, 2018
The Decemberists, who just killed it at Boston Calling a couple weeks ago, also recently released a new album, “I’ll Be Your Girl”. Their first single, “Severed” was top charting, so we only hear good things about this new one, “Sucker’s Prayer”. “When you’ve been a band for 17 years, inevitably there are habits you fall into,” says lead singer Colin Meloy. “So our ambition this time was really just to get out of our comfort zone. That’s what prompted working with a different producer and using a different studio. We wanted to free ourselves from old patterns and give ourselves permission to try something different.”

Title: Nevermind
Artist: Dennis Lloyd
Album: Nevermind – Single
Released: September 16, 2018
He’s an Israeli “pop-funk- electro” musician, producer, trumpeter, and guitarist. His real name is Nir Tabor, and he decided on the name Dennis Lloyd after searching the internet to find something catchy to serve as an international stage name that would give his audience the feeling that they’ve heard it before. “My mom gave me an article about how some kid in Denmark made a remix for Nathan Goshen’s song, and it was going crazy around the world with 90 million hits on Spotify. So I remixed my own song and it worked. No one knows I did it.”

Title: Famous
Artist: Serena Ryder (feat. Simon from The Strumbellas)
Album: Famous – Single
Released: April 6, 2018
The Canadian singer says the voices who’ve had the biggest influences on her are those of Tracy Chapman, Ben Harper, Roger Miller, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. She says about the video for this song, “I would hope that the message that comes across in addition to it being an uplifting story, is that people aspire to spend less time looking at their devices and more time connecting on a human level to each other.”

Title: No Expectations
Artist: Bahamas
Album: Earthtones
Released: January 25, 2018
This single is from Earthtones released in January. Afie Jurvanen, aka Bahamas, says: “I wanted to make a modern record and not a folk record, or something looking toward the past. I really admire hip-hop and R&B artists. When I say I wanted to make a modern record, I mean I wanted to pull guitar music in that direction, because popular music is mostly hip-hop and R&B and electronic now. Figuring out a way to make guitar music play well in that neighbourhood is a challenge that’s really fun.”

Title: Blunder
Artist: Michael Blume
Album: Cynicism and Sincerity
Released: May 7, 2018
NYC-based indie/soul artist Michael Blume will release his new EP,  Cynicism and Sincerity, this Friday (and play Bonnaroo this Sunday)​. This single is from the EP, and he explains its title here: “It was important for me to acknowledge the good and the bad. Even though they’re in opposition to each other, they’re both flourishing at the exact same time. There’s a dichotomy of multiple truths where two things in opposition exist right next to each other.”

Title: New Light
Artist: John Mayer
Album: New Light – Single
Released: May 7, 2018
This is also just a single right now. Mayer said about the much-talked about video, “I needed to make a video for ‘New Light’ but nobody could agree on a budget…So I went to a place downtown and made this with a company that usually does birthday and bar mitzvah videos.” In People magazine, he commented on his seemingly age-less skin (he’s 40): “I don’t smoke and I don’t drink anymore and I don’t go out in the sun and I don’t eat and I don’t love anybody,” he explains. He continues to put the “company” in Dead and Company on their annual tours!

List of Recent River Music

Last updated June 6, 2018
Title Artist Album
Sober Up AJR The Click
Ohio Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Ohio
Girlfriend Anderson East Encore
Lookin’ Up Barenaked Ladies Fake Nudes
Quarter Past Midnight Bastille Quarter Past Midnight
Aflie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) Bleachers Aflie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)
Hold Out Your Hand Brandi Carlile By The Way, I Forgive You
The Joke Brandi Carlile By The Way, I Forgive You
Already Gone Brett Dennen Already Gone
Samurai Cop Dave Matthews Band Samurai Cop
Glory Dermot Kennedy Doves & Ravens
Blackout Frank Turner Be More Kind
Paradise George Ezra Paradise
Everything Is Alright The Glorious Sons Young Beauties & Fools
Say Love James TW Say Love
Bad Bad News Leon Bridges Good Thing
Wait By The River Lord Huron Vid Noir
broken lovelytheband everything i could never say
Kings and Queens Mat Kearney Crazy Talk
Not Too Late Moon Taxi Let The Record Play
Silver Lining Mt. Joy Silver Lining
A Little Honey Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams
You Worry Me Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams
Hurt Somebody Noah Kahan ft. Julia Michaels Hurt Somebody
Across The Room Odesza feat. Leon Bridges Across The Room
Into The Wild Phillip Phillips Collateral
Such A Simple Thing Ray LaMontagne Part of the Light
Don’t Give In Snow Patrol Wilderness
Don’t Make Me Wait Sting & Shaggy Don’t Make Me Wait
Los Ageless St. Vincent Masseducation
Where’s My Love SYML In My Body
To Live and Die in New England Terence Ryan Don’t Panic
Saturday Sun Vance Joy Nation of Two
Bad Behavior Will Dailey Bad Behavior
Walk Away Xavier Rudd Storm Boy
Domino ZZ Ward Domino

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