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Alternative & Indie - Released June 21, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

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The second half of the Arcade Fire singer/songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist's ambitious Quiet River of Dust project, That Side of the River takes a step back from the mercurial, worldbeat-tinged psych-pop of its predecessor in favor of a more measured and linear ambient-folk approach. Released to coincide with the summer solstice -- the previous volume arrived via the autumn equinox -- the ten-track set is both meditative and quietly dramatic. Anchored by Parry's cosmic musings, monastic melodies, and even-keeled voice, songs like "Lost in the Waves," "Cups in the Ocean," and "Throw a Cup of Water" -- this is a wet record -- are as ASMR friendly as they are heady. Parry keeps the progressive rock vibe that he established on Volume One going strong throughout the LP's just-under-45-minute runtime, though things tend to hew closer to the bucolic (early King Crimson and Yes) end of the spectrum. His predilection towards pairing indie pop-kissed Albion folk with traditional Japanese music is less apparent this time around, with soft piano and shimmering electronics providing the bulk of the sonic architecture. In opting for a ruminative approach, Parry has crafted more of a guided meditation than a cosmopolitan fun house, resulting in a collection of songs that often feel less tangible than those that populated its antecedent. Still, it's an ambitious work that is undeniably widescreen, but far removed from the grandiose chamber rock of his meal-ticket band. It celebrates family, self, friendship, and the existential pain and wonder of life. It seeks rather than spells things out, and in doing so manages to feel equally rooted in the past, present, and future. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 21, 2018 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 21, 2018 | Anti - Epitaph

Richard Reed Perry may be best known as a core member of stadium-filling Canadian art-rockers Arcade Fire, but he's had his multi-instrumentalist fingers in a lot of pies outside of the group, including Bell Orchestre and New International Standards, as well as collaborations with the National, Barr Brothers, the Unicorns, and Islands. His first solo outing, 2014's Music for Heart and Breath, was a collection of classical compositions recorded with yMusic, Kronos Quartet, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, and Bryce and Aaron Dessner. His sophomore effort, Quiet River of Dust, Vol. 1, takes cues from both the latter LP and his work with Arcade Fire, delivering a wildly inventive seven-song set that marries the bucolic Albion folk-rock of Incredible String Band with swirling, worldbeat-infused psych-pop inspired by Japanese folk mythology. It might sound like a lot on paper, but Perry's meandering melodies and mercurial sonic vistas are as compelling as they are progressive, invoking everyone from Peter Gabriel and Yes ("Gentle Pulsing Dust") to Jim O'Rourke and the Flaming Lips ("On the Ground") -- like any good aural smorgasbord, there's a little something for everyone here. Peppered with field recordings of cicadas and driftwood percussion, "Song of the Wood," inspired by a 2008 visit to the forests of Japan while on tour with Arcade Fire, delivers pastoral ambient pop in the vein of Fleet Foxes. "I Was in the World (Was the World in Me)" begins in the same vein but traffics in waves of seismic crescendo that spill over the breakwall into the city streets, evoking Perry's meal ticket band. Released on the Autumn equinox (part two will arrive the following spring), Quiet River of Dust feels like its own celestial event, emitting frequencies both familiar and alien; Eastern philosophy-tinged pagan space folk devoted to gods both old and new. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 18, 2018 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 21, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

The second half of the Arcade Fire singer/songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist's ambitious Quiet River of Dust project, That Side of the River takes a step back from the mercurial, worldbeat-tinged psych-pop of its predecessor in favor of a more measured and linear ambient-folk approach. Released to coincide with the summer solstice -- the previous volume arrived via the autumn equinox -- the ten-track set is both meditative and quietly dramatic. Anchored by Parry's cosmic musings, monastic melodies, and even-keeled voice, songs like "Lost in the Waves," "Cups in the Ocean," and "Throw a Cup of Water" -- this is a wet record -- are as ASMR friendly as they are heady. Parry keeps the progressive rock vibe that he established on Volume One going strong throughout the LP's just-under-45-minute runtime, though things tend to hew closer to the bucolic (early King Crimson and Yes) end of the spectrum. His predilection towards pairing indie pop-kissed Albion folk with traditional Japanese music is less apparent this time around, with soft piano and shimmering electronics providing the bulk of the sonic architecture. In opting for a ruminative approach, Parry has crafted more of a guided meditation than a cosmopolitan fun house, resulting in a collection of songs that often feel less tangible than those that populated its antecedent. Still, it's an ambitious work that is undeniably widescreen, but far removed from the grandiose chamber rock of his meal-ticket band. It celebrates family, self, friendship, and the existential pain and wonder of life. It seeks rather than spells things out, and in doing so manages to feel equally rooted in the past, present, and future. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 21, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 19, 2018 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 14, 2018 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 18, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 23, 2019 | Anti - Epitaph