Young River - Young River
Nova Scotia band Young River have just released their self-titled debut album. The band have worked hard locally, both on their own and supporting other artists such as Carleton Stone.
The band's sound is best characterized as emotional indie rock music. That's not to be confused with Emo. Heartfelt vocals and earnest arrangements evoke thoughts of City And Colour, but there's a hard-to-pin-down east coast sensibility to the music that scream Joel Plaskett.
The pinnacle is "Older Than Eros", a beautiful track that does a masterful job of never allowing you to become complacent. "What Is Now Is Here To Stay" shows a grittier, dusty trail rock side that suits the band very well.
The arrangements can be a little too methodical or clinical at times. Some greater variation in tempo and allowing themselves to free-wheel a little bit more would help to distinguish these songs from one another, and it would allow the band's personality to flow through to the listener more.
When the band do let themselves out of the box, like on "Break Me Down", they easily win you over on enthusiasm alone. The frenetic guitars of "Tired Legs and Arms" create a tidal rise and fall that would do ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead proud.
Technically Young River are a very proficient and capable band. In the future I hope they let their guard down a bit more so we can get to know them better.
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