Friday, March 27, 2009

Quick Hitters:: River Water Long Lake


When I first talked about Halifax’s River Water, I really couldn’t say much. I wanted to, but I kept stumbling trying to find the words. The EP was three songs, tapped out after about five minutes, and wasn't much much more than a free formed collage of sounds and noise. That being said, I let those three songs loop over and over again.

Well, River Water - aka Josh Dean - has just finished up a full length, and somehow it’s completely the same, but still completely different from the EP. Dean still relies on rough guitar, scratchy vocals that constantly compete with fret board squeaks for center stage and clanking, ramshackle percussion, but somehow all those angles and disjointed sounds fit together into a smooth, shape shifting cloud and the results are more confident. Whether it’s the chaos he introduces on Chasing Down My Friends, the surprising melodic tones of Creaky Floor or the touching There's a Note I Won't Leave You On, these simple songs are more than the sum of their parts.

The songs still appear and disappear quickly – most never even break the two-minute mark – but that’s the vision Dean had for the record. Spontaneous thoughts quickly recorded on shitty gear, as he passed the time until he had somewhere else to be. Nothing is polished and no mistake is fixed, but somehow it sounds just as it should.

You can pick up Long Lake from Zunior. It might not be the type of music you are used to, but it's creative and risky and strangely compelling.

Posted at 2:47 PM by ack :: 2 comments

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At 4:29 PM, Blogger Briggins did sayeth:

I like the ideas behind this album. I'll definitely have to get my hands on a copy of this.


At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Paul did sayeth:

I really dig "February."


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