With rich vocals and intimate songwriting skills at the forefront, Sydney musician Southey presents a gorgeous debut single in ‘Run River’. A single marked by delicate acoustics and a knack for enveloping lyricism and presence on record, ‘Run River’ is Southey’s first release for 2021 – and a strong one to lead with.
As an introduction to Southey’s broader sound, ‘Run River’ gives listeners an insight into an artist comfortable in his own skin, creatively: a natural storyteller, led by experiences and influences stemming from life as it goes around him.
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.
“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.”