New River Music

This Week’s New River Music

Title: Don’t Make Me Wait
Artist: Sting & Shaggy
Album: Paradise (Single)
Released: January 24, 2018
You may have seen these guys perform at the Grammys! They got together to jam and write music that reflects their mutual love of Jamaica, its music, people and culture. Shaggy says that he and Sting were surprised at how good their voices sounded together, which led to them doing more songs together, which turned into an album.

Title: Cringe – Stripped
Artist: Matt Maeson
Album: Cringe
Released: May 26, 2017
This comes from his new EP Who Killed Matt Maeson which will be released March 31st. He grew up in Norfolk Virginia, started playing the drums at age 2, and played in his parents’ band and toured all over the country playing in prisons (his parents started a prison ministry). He says about the single, “‘Cringe’ is about being pushed away by the people you care about because of the lifestyle you live. I lived pretty rough for a while, and some of the people I really cared about would rather tell me how wrong I was rather than ask how I was doing. That’s the short version, anyway.”

Title: Starfire
Artist: Caitlyn Smith
Album: Starfire
Released: December 19, 2017
Caitlyn released her solo debut album when she was 15 in 2001.  Since then, she’s written a slew of songs for others (James Bay, Dolly Parton, Jason Aldean, John Legend). She also wrote multiple songs for the TV show, Nashville. She’s a Minnesota native and released her album, from which this title track comes, on January 19th.

Title: Wheres My Love
Artist: SYML
Album: In My Body
Released: March 22, 2017
Pronounced like “Sih-mul”. The name translates to “simple” in Welsh. On writing sad songs, he says “I basically appreciate all the good things in my life by imagining losing them. Metaphorically some of the songs are about stuff that’s happening or happened, but not like these literal sad, sad stories. Looking down the road, it’s really exciting, but kind of a daunting task like…Do I have to keep writing sad songs? In my history of songwriting, I tend to always go back to that darker place. Two of the first SYML songs were written years ago, and they just weren’t meant for Barcelona at the time. I eventually recorded “Where’s My Love” and just put it out in the world. It ended up getting used in MTV’s Teen Wolf. “

Title: Severed
Artist: The Decemberists
Album: I’ll Be Your Girl
Released: January 17, 2018
Their new album (their 8th) is I’ll Be Your Girl and is due March 16th. Colin Meloy says, “When you’ve been a band for 17 years, inevitably there are habits you fall into. So our ambition was to really get out of our comfort zone.” And they’ve done that with this synth new song!

Title: Silver Lining
Artist: Mt. Joy
Album: Silver Lining
Released: November 9, 2018
This folk/rock band from Philadelphia is releasing their new album on March 2nd. They played Newport Folk Festival last summer and will be at SXSW in March. The band cites as influences; The Dead, My Morning Jacket, Vampire Weekend, and Paul Simon. They named themselves for a mountain in the Valley Forge National Park near guitarist Sam Cooper’s childhood home

Title: Across The Room
Artist: Odesza (feat. Leon Bridges)
Album: Across The Room
Released: October 9, 2017
The duo from Seattle​ is Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. Their album ​A Moment Apart (which was released in September) was just nominated for a Best Dance/Electronic Music album​ Grammy. On the collaboration with Leon, they say, “In some ways its was one of our most collaborative songs. It was the first time we really had input. We usually let the singer do whatever they want, but Leon was very open, and he wanted our feedback on what he was writing. It was a lot of back and forth. We got to write certain lines in the lyrics. It was really open and easy to do, and I think sometimes that can be difficult. It’s like, “I’m the singer. I’m the writer, and this is what we do”. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it’s just like there are lines drawn, and definitely not with Leon”.

List of Recent River Music

Last updated January 31, 2018
Title Artist Album
Somebody To Love Abhi the Nomad Single
Way With Words Bahamas Way With Words
The Joke Brandi Carlile The Joke
Already Gone Brett Dennen Already Gone
Starfire Caitlyn Smith Starfire
Waiting For The Tide Cody Simpson & The Tide Wave One
Severed The Decemberists I’ll Be Your Girl
Paradise George Ezra Paradise
Montreal The Ghost of Paul Revere Monarch
Lotterys Jade Bird Lottery
On The Lips JD McPherson Undivided Heart & Soul
Cringe – Stripped Matt Maeson Cringe
You Morgan Saint Hero
Silver Lining Mt. Joy Silver Lining
You Worry Me Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams
Hurt Somebody Noah Kahan Single
Across The Room Odesza feat. Leon Bridges Across The Room
Live In The Moment Portugal. The Man Woodstock
Too Good At Goodbyes Sam Smith The Thrill Of It All
Don’t Make Me Wait Sting & Shaggy Don’t Make Me Wait
Where’s My Love SYML In My Body
Get Out Of Your Own Way U2 Songs Of Experience
Revolution Van William ft. First Aid Kit Single
Pain War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding
Think It Over Wild Child Think It Over

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