:: Rivergazer - Lonely ::
Last month saw the release of Rivergazer’s debut full length Random Nostalgia. After a few plays these songs have really burned in and now I can’t stop listening to this record.
Random Nostalgia's opener, Lonely, has been on constant rotation since I first heard the album. It features some of my favorite arrangements on the record and it highlights some of Kevin’s sharpest songwriting. The opening guitar lead is catchy and memorable and recurs throughout the song which makes for a lasting impression. However, it’s the more subtle touches on Lonely that really make the song. The airy, almost haunting synth lines that run in the background and understated cymbal swells give the song the atmosphere the writing calls for.
This track also features some of the strongest lyricism on this record. Kicking off an album with, “I am not afraid of anyone. All I worry about is my own ego," is pretty heavy but it’s also extremely admirable. Lonely also highlights the fact that Kevin has a way of saying a lot with a few words, mostly because of his delivery. “All my friends are lonely" wouldn’t be as powerful in another artist’s hands but in the context of Kevin’s voice and the atmosphere of this track, it comes off a lot more meaningful than it usually would.
Random Nostalgia is available digitally through the link below. Father / Daughter Records put it out on vinyl which can be found here, and Seagreen Records put out the tape which you can pick up here. Alternatively, both of those can be purchased directly from the band at shows.