California-based singer-songwriter Rivvrs has just released his first full length album, Unfamiliar Skin, and with an alt-folk sound that blends catchy and fun, with smooth and soulful, he definitely has crafted a whole that is full of surprising little gems.
Now, if Rivvrs’ name, voice or sound seem vaguely familiar, it might very well be because you’ve already heard him without even realizing it. His work has been prominently featured on a number of mainstream television shows. In fact, the album’s lead single, “I Will Follow You”, was featured as a plot point in a season 1 episode of the NBC sitcom “About a Boy”. A previous version of the song also appears on Rivvrs’ first EP, Hold On, so it is safe to say that the track stands as one of the pillars of Unfamiliar Skin. Along with opening track, “Ready To Begin” and another previously released song, “Hold On”, it reflects the album’s pop mainstream appeal.
However, that is but one facet of Unfamiliar Skin. There is also a slightly darker, more experimental side to Rivvrs’ music. Tracks such as the moody “Gnome Home”, with its sorrowful lyrics and bluesy influences, or the funky “I Want You”, with its syncopated rhythm and stripped down verses, open doors on these other dimensions, providing more depth to the album and giving it a welcomed unpredictable quality.
We could argue that one original track after the other, Rivvrs takes us on an exciting and incredibly satisfying musical journey. One that we kind of wish was a bit longer than the album’s actual eight-song track list. That in itself though, is a testament to the album’s quality and Rivvrs accomplishment as a songwriter. We will definitely be looking forward to hearing more from him in the future, but in the meantime, we’ll definitely be enjoying Unfamiliar Skin… We’ll just have to put it on repeat!
Unfamiliar Skin is out March 25th, 2016 and will be supported by a number of US tour dates (see tour dates here).
Must-Listen Tracks: “I Will Follow You”, “Ready to Begin” and “I Want You”
4.75 out of 5 stars
Rogue Fire Records
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