River Whyless We All The Light on LP
The four members of River Whyless are each tremendous individual talents. On their new album We All The Light, they've created a masterful collection by bringing their considerable powers together. We All The Light finds the Asheville, N.C.-based band - Ryan O'Keefe (guitars, vocals), Halli Anderson (violin, vocals), Alex McWalters (drums, percussion) and Daniel Shearin (bass, vocals, harmonium, cello, banjo) – collaborating on every track. By trusting each other and utilizing new sounds and sonic directions, River Whyless has crafted 11 songs that work together as a stunning, cohesive whole.
Produced by Justin Ringle of Horse Feathers, the album highlights a newly formed collaborative writing process for River Whyless, which started with the combination of two songs to create standout track "Life Crisis." The song's lyrics became a dialogue from both sides of a relationship. And as they do throughout the album, the layered, intricate harmonies and group vocals of the band's three singers blur the definition of a lead singer, creating one rich voice out of many. This is further illustrated on the album's lead single "All Day All Night," written and sung by Shearin, but featuring harmony and backing vocals from Anderson and O'Keefe. The group vocals enhance the song's potent lyrics, which detail the struggle the song's subject has with masking pain and trauma via drugs and other destructive behaviors.
Paste named River Whyless' 2015 self-titled EP one of top 10 of the year, saying "sometimes it can be hard to stand out in the crowd when you're producing experimental folk rock. Plenty of groups are capable of harmonizing well and turning simplistic rhythms into infectious anthems, but it's rare to find artists who can evoke as much emotion as River Whyless."