Riverbeds - Hiding Small Things in Obvious Places (Album Review)

Riverbeds - Hiding Small Things in Obvious Places (Album Review)

If you haven't heard of Riverbeds, I suggest you begin paying close attention to them. Founded back in 2010, the Montreal-based alternative/post-rock band have brought together the talent, dynamism and pure dedication of four young men backed up by over 25 years of experience in the Quebec music scene. Influenced by bands such as Thrice, The Almost and Circa Survive amongst others, Riverbeds have taken their favorite qualities and emerged with a sound of their own. In their latest EP Hiding Small Things In Obvious Places, Riverbeds gives us the chance to taste a midly dark and enticing combination of alternative riffs and post-hardcore elements, filled with magnetic instrumentals fit for an escapist heart. I found myself lost in harmonious compositions, feeling secure in an atmosphere so warm and familiar. I especially felt that way with three particular tracks, "Iron", "Years" and finally, "Dark".

Track #2 Iron
Picking up where the slightly melancholic "Removing the Head" left off, "Iron offers a more upbeat rhythm while still following a similar emotive theme. Essentially hinting on bits of hope and bringing forth the overall message of not letting go, it is truly the explosive and carefully crafted instrumental breakdown that caught my ear, and ultimately moved my senses. I truly believe this is one thing Riverbeds definitely excels at, synching each and every note in a manner that will clench unto your heart. This segment gives us a first taste of the band's genius, further foreshadowing what is to come, while also underlining the good that many years of musical experience can do.

Track #4 Years
Taking into consideration the cleverly-selected title, this track gives off the sensation of time-travel through a pattern of repetitive riffs. Let me put it this way: picture a long, flowing verse, followed by a short but important and inspirational chorus. It's a quest for solutions to many unsolved riddles, a longing for victory. The striking words "I will stand tall" are simple yet packed with meaning. It's a way of saying you won't be defeated, you will keep your head above the water until you reach the shore. "Years" is a tune you should listen to with eyes closed, head titled back, body relaxed. It's rhythm is soothing despite the fast paced beat. Just let yourself be guided the sincere set of vocals in this poetic tune.

Track #5 Dark
This EP finds seamless closure through this powerful track. Despite being called "Dark", it proves to be quite the opposite. Just like the previous, it is stimulating by all means, perhaps even being the most blissful of them all. Once again backed up by eloquent lyrics, a heartfelt orchestra of guitars, bass and drums convince us to let go of our fears and asks us to instead feel ourselves strengthened by such an alluring sound. And to make this journey all the more deserving, the track closes off with an instrumental segment fit for an epic finish. They are in their element, putting their entire souls into such a powerful jam. It will definitely leave the brightest smile upon your face.

While it is already possible to hear the EP in its entirety on the band's official page, Riverbeds will be holding an album release show on November 24th. Sharing the stage with special guest Be Astronaut, the show will begin at 9PM and will be held at Panda Bar. It is the perfect opportunity to grab a few drinks, meet the band, and pick up the EP! More details could be found through Riverbeds' Facebook.

Also, be sure to watch the video for the band's first track "Removing The Head" below.

By Nathania Wreh
Nov 17, 2012 @ 16:46

Comments

Content Stream

  • Dec 18, 2014 @ 11:43IX Staff177 views
    Montreal based producer and founder of local record label Infinite Machine is setting up to release his debut EP via a South London based music label called HERETIC established and run by Cloaka. Pushing exciting artists and sounds is the fundamental value of the label, Wolf's debut EP should be expected by January 12, 2015. The EP titled Drifting Away is made for the dark corners of dancefloors, and holds itself as the best tracks to be released in 2015 from an artist who comes...
  • Dec 18, 2014 @ 11:25IX Staff55 views
    Montreal producer GrandBuda recently dropped his first music video for his track "Breathe" that we featured about a week ago (no pun). Today, we celebrated the release of his first solo EP titled Esclavos Del Rey. This 6 Track release regroups all aspects of GrandBuda’s life, giving you a quick tour of his world, and the evolution he has undergone as an artist. Created with the help of producer and sound engineer Highbury, the EP features collaborations with the likes of Kaytranada,...
  • Dec 17, 2014 @ 14:59Dana Ewachow115 views
    Kisses can be a lot of things. They can be sexy. They can sweet. They can be so awkward and tongue-y that you'll swear to yourself that you'll never kiss someone from Halifax ever again. Okay, that last one’s a bit personal. This year has been the year of kissing videos. There was the viral video of strangers kissing for the first time, which included pairings of two women, two men, a man and a cougar, and lots of nervous laughter. We all felt a little betrayed when we found out this wasn’t...
  • Dec 17, 2014 @ 12:12Katlyn Jennings259 views
    Here at IX Daily, we love predicting trends almost as much as we love showcasing talented artists. That's why we sat down with up-and-coming Toronto based producer, Nightizm, to catch him on the rise. After blowing up Soundcloud with remixes like "Schoolboy Q & Kendrick Lamar's - Blessed" and "Lavender" (which racked up over a couple hundred thousand plays, no big) we knew we had to sit down with this talented producer. We met up at a quaint studio in the heart of Liberty Village to...
  • Dec 17, 2014 @ 11:14Kaeleigh Phillips332 views
    Music videos have always been a source of branding and image for artists of all facets. It's the primary medium for fans to visually understand the music they're listening to. MTV was the first of its kind to introduce music videos to the world. Youtube followed through around 2005 and broke the television by giving everyone access to music videos on the internet (which literally turned MTV on its own head). Producers and directors shifted the way they made these videos, record labels starting...
  • Dec 17, 2014 @ 10:19Brandon Brown39 views
    The spokesman of the drug trafficking flow- Pusha T has released some new visuals for his latest track "Lunch Money" recently leaving viewers nothing short of amazed and a bit confused. This new song, produced by Kanye West, is a new product of Kanye's new refined style of beat making which can explain the mixed reviews across the board as a lot of listeners are not specifically hip to his new sound as we all heard from "Yeezus".  Pusha T is obviously being his regular self and delivers...
  • Dec 16, 2014 @ 23:23Jade Gareau176 views
    Elaborate, controversial and seriously inspiring - Enjoy our roundup of this year's most unforgettable fashion spreads. 'The Surreal World' by Tim Walker for W Magazine   Styled by Jacob K. Make-up by Lisa Houghton. Hair by Julien d’Ys.  Source 'Pink Flamingos' by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello For Numero Styled by Samuel Francois. Hair by Romina Manenti.  Source By Nick Dorey For ID-Magazine Stylying by Jack Borkett. Makeup by...
  • Dec 16, 2014 @ 23:22Jessica Abou129 views
    As the end of the year creeps up on us and the dawn of a new day approaches it’s time we look back on the events that occurred in 2014. The things that were said, the crazes we obsessed over and most importantly which Kardashian got the most hits on google [insert sarcasm here]. One way I like to reminisce is by remembering what hits I played the most depending on the context I was in. Ok not really but I needed an idea for an article and this just came to me so just fucking deal with it ok?...
More articles