The Rivergods are releasing their Never Grow Old EP on January 25th. If you’re familiar with the Rivergods then you are expecting nothing less than the lush Pop Americana sound they’ve been cranking out for years. If you’re unfamiliar with the Rivergods than allow me to paint you a quick picture of this 4 song outing.
Picture this; Blood on the Tracks era Bob Dylan and Harvest Moon era Neil Young in a poppy, less guitar centric, package. Now remove the vocals (because as iconic as both Bob and Neil’s voices are neither one is winning any awards for pitch and technique) and Ben and Nancy Parent both have wonderful and easy to listen to singing voices that work incredibly well together. It’s this 60’s folk rock and pop influence mixed with a more modern tonality, song structure and recording techniques gives you the groundwork of Never Grow Old. It’s channeling your forefathers through the lens of your own life and experience.
The songs are mostly upbeat though they can portray some very sad and trying memories. Not bogged down by melancholy but also nothing that makes you laugh. It’s a strange mix of teary eyes but gladness that you have the memory. It’s not nostalgia either, it’s a living and learning sort of experience. These are lyrics that many try to write or sing and most fail at - Ben makes every word believable and meaningful. Even if you’re not a fan of the music if you read the lyrics, you should get a little twinge in your soul. Songs like “Rush Hour” are mirrors you can see yourself in. Even though the view may not be flattering it’s very real and that’s more important.
I don’t know if I could make it any clearer for you and I don’t know if I want to either. Never Grow Old by The Rivergods is an EP that won’t take a long time to sink in but will more than likely get better with each listen. I may have made some hefty comparisons here but I think you’ll agree that while the influence is palatable, this quintet of musicians are certainly doing something that comes straight from their own hearts.
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