by Thomas Bedward August 09, 2021
One of Sydney’s most talented new artists, Southey has continued to impress with the intimate and wonderfully ethereal new single, ‘Run River’. A single that is marked by delicate acoustics and flowing, emotive lyrics, it’s Southey’s first release under his new moniker and a gorgeous re-introduction to his modern folk sound.
Giving listeners an impressive insight into Southey’s talent for crafting touching stories that are wrapped in organic, cascading melodies, ‘Run River’ is the sound of an artist who is comfortable in his own skin and willing to be led by his own experiences and influences. The process of bringing ‘Run River’ to life was as all-encompassing for Southey as it possibly could be, from writing, recording and producing the single himself, to also creating the cover artwork.
Speaking candidly about the single, Southey explained, “I wrote ‘Run River’ a few years ago, it was one of those songs that just came quite organically. I often like writing things that intrigue me, as if someone else wrote it and I’m hearing it for the first time. It’s a strange paradox but that’s where this song started.” He continued, “The artwork for the single was something I wasn’t expecting to create myself. It started out as a few concepts and sketches. Before I knew it, I had this set of acrylic paints and a canvas, and my studio was covered in these abstract river paintings.”
The ‘Run River’ sessions took place at Southey’s home studio in Surry Hills, before being mixed by Peter Holz (Gang of Youths, Vance Joy) and mastered by Nick Franklin (CLEWS, Polish Club). The sound gives shades of Bon Iver, The Middle East and more contemporary influences like Didirri and Hollow Coves, making ‘Run River’ a track squarely aimed at impacting on a listener’s feels.
‘Run River’ is not just Southey’s debut release under his new moniker, but it also marks the first release on the newly launched music label Peach & Sons, a Sydney based label founded by Sam Patching. Along with the new single available on all major streaming sites, you can also purchase limited edition pressings of Southey’s exclusive ‘Find Out’ EP, which we released as an exclusive pressing on sunrise vinyl.
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