Columbia Daily Tribune features The River Monks

The Columbia Daily Tribune features The River Monks in advance of their tour stop on Sunday March 23rd:

Try not to fall hard for The River Monks. There is a sweet and sure romanticism to the folk music the Des Moines, Iowa, sextet fashions. In it, one detects the gentle spinning of the planet and gradual turning of each season. It’s not beyond imagination to think its music could serve as a soundtrack for kissing underneath a quiet galaxy of Christmas lights or to hear an approximation of how it feels to run with spring’s first blades of grass between your toes. Certain songs sound like filling the lungs with last gasps of late-summer air before the inevitable chill; others could complement scenes seen on a Sunday drive past fields of fallen leaves.

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Cityview interviews The River Monks

Des Moines Cityview recently caught up with The River Monks prior to kicking off a two-week tour celebrating the release of “Beasts,” the first single from their forthcoming album Home Is The House, out on May 20th.

“It’s about the subject of ‘home’ and what it means to all of us, both individually and as a band,” Stier explained. “We’ve all moved from one place to another, so really the album is kind of an exploration of what ‘home’ means to all of us. I don’t think there’s one answer.”

Whatever topic The River Monks is exploring at a given time, the band’s distinctively textual, unconventional sound is mainly the product of its songwriters. Stier and guitar/vox/uke man Nick Frampton handle most of the lyrical duties, but The River Monks has always been a bit more co-op than that.

“Everyone brings their own personality in the band,” Stier said. “Everyone’s a great musician, so Nick and I both definitely invite everyone to come put their mark on each song. No song is exactly as I pictured it when we’re done.”

The band released its first single from the album, “Beasts,” for free on Bandcamp, and now the group is gearing up for a two-week Midwest tour in support of the album’s impending release. But wherever The River Monks go, the musicians are always thinking about home.

Read the whole interview here!

// The River Monks media page //

Heartbreaking Bravery reviews Molybden 7″ “Woman Who Left Behind”

Heartbreaking Bravery reviews the new 7″ from Molybden, “Woman Who Left Behind”:

There are very few new releases that have existed decidedly outside of the punk spectrum to catch this site’s attention. Molybden’s Woman Who Left Behind found itself squarely in that category when it first came in as a submission…[Molybden's] natural ability to command with a minimal palette is evidenced immediately with the title track that leads off the collection. Her voice is masterfully controlled, arresting and enticing all at once. There are shades of Cat Power, Feist, and Joanna Newsom inflected throughout “Woman Who Left Behind”. Using multi-track vocals and just a touch of reverb, Seipp’s slightly left-of-center lyrics gain an emphasized introspective context.

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// Molybden media page //