"Encapsulating sonic soundscapes ranging from My Bloody Valentine’s reverb-soaked shoegaze, Dead Meadow’s psychedelic haze and Temples’ contemporary fuzz, Ancient River breaks from the constraints of musical genres to create an aurally expansive world." Anon Magazine
Friends, it's Monday although in Australia it's Tuesday! So we got some news... O.D.D.S. II is coming. The second installment of outtakes, demos, demons and singles, will be released March 2nd. Here is Russian Surf Party.
In 2011 Ancient River released an album of songs arranged in long player format that seemed to defy genre, but at the same time exhibited a tight and cohesive vision. The album we are referring is known as Ancient River’s O.D.D.S., and it was heavily circulated amongst the bands fan base.
Now 2017 finds Ancient River hitting the ground running with the second installment in the ODDS collection with ODDS II. This album is much in the same spirit as the first one with eleven newly released sonic creations that collectively refuse to be constrained to any one specific genre or brand.
From noisy dream pop, garage inspired all out rock and even minimalist atmospheric studio compositions, it’s all here on this long player of eleven songs clocking in around 42 minutes.
Outtakes, demos, demons and singles seem to be the motto here and the album plays out as an unpredictable, yet proficiently executed ride through lo-fi and hi-fi musical excurtions. In a time when many bands cater to only one specific sound, this album easily sticks out amongst the vast space of contemporary music.
Life is short, but make sure to take the time to join Ancient River on this rare treat and you may walk away from the experience with a better perspective of the bands vision and perhaps a refreshed outlook on music in general. Don’t be denied.
Illustration by James Barreto.
We're so happy to be back on the road and playing live, we have not played live in a year!!!! ++ NEW MUSIC.
20 September The Boiled Owl Tavern // Fort Worth, TX
21 September Monarch // El Paso, TX
23 September Desert Stars Festival // Pioneertown, CA
24 September Ham & Eggs Tavern // Los Angeles, CA* **
25 September Soda Bar // San Diego, CA * **
26 September The Continental room // Fullerton, CA* **
27 September The Bunkhouse Saloon // Las Vegas, NV* **
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Featured us on their open tape for German online blog NEØLYD, Thanks guys!
01. Ancient River – Stay With Me
02. Here We Go Magic – Stella
03. Savages – Adore
04. Unwound – Off This Century
05. Death Grips – Inanimate Sensation
06. Iggy Pop – In The Lobby
07. The Holydrug Couple – Atlantic Postcard
08. Show Me The Body – Bone Soup
09. Shabazz Palaces – Forerunner Foray
10. Lower Dens – To Live and Die in LA
My homie Lankford has posted about psychedelic rock band a few times in the past and I’ve been a fan of the band for awhile as well. With that said, you can imagine our combined excitement when we just got word that the band is planning a big move to the best city in the world (Austin duh). So now an ATX band, the duo will be looking to flesh out their sound with a 3rd member while they wrap up two new albums worth of material. Very excite!
Though I don’t have new music to share today, you should check out their last album, Keeper of the Dawn, in full below. New music is coming soon.
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"With the release of their sixth album, ‘Keeper Of The Dawn’, and appearances all over the globe, it’s fair to say that Florida duo Ancient River are one of the main stalwarts of the current psych scene. Their vast kaleidoscope of sound has it’s roots in the swampy blues of the American South, but over the years it’s grown to reflect elements of shoegaze, americana, and of course psychedelia. Keeper Of The Dawn’ is a monumental album..."
"....this a great example of modern prog-rock, and despite everything said above it’s a likeable album. It certainly shouldn’t be dismissed on its first listen but instead applauded for attempting to revisit a genre that will in-time come full circle – as most musical tastes do. Certainly fans of prog will embrace this release, while those unfamiliar with it may need a gentle shove in its rough direction..."
Unknown Pleasures #43 ft. Kèmi Adè, Ancient River, Cowtown
"Somewhere between the Temples and Tame Impala-led strands on the more accessible-leaning side of the psych Venn diagram, new album Keeper of the Dawn, their seventh in five years, is a whirlpool of acid riffs, shamanistic organ drifts and grooves tarred and coated in deep south grit with attitudinous results."
"While some recent psych rock seems to lack some mystery and enigma, Ancient River has plenty to spare. Their music can be contemplative and dreamily cinematic, which works perfectly with the surreal short film provided for their song “Stay With Me.” Surprisingly, the band is from Gainesville, Florida. Like Tame Impala, they share a My Bloody Valentine influence with a touch of cosmic Americana..."
"With a healthy does of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's more lysergic moments about them, the Florida psych-rockers specialise in woozy West Coast wig outs. Standout track 'This Is The Time' goes a step further too - recalling the Brian Jonestown Massacre with it's drums and free-playing fretwork to create gentle, dreamy rock'n roll. Recent album 'Keeper Of The Dawn' is a mist that's worth getting lost in"
"I've been a fan of Ancient River for a little while now, and can solidly testify that these two dudes make some of the finest, loudest, full throttle psych rock that you're likely to find. The duo is currently touring up a storm to support latest long player Keeper of The Dawn, another excellent collection of their expansive, time warp noise."
"I moved there specifically to make music with another band in town, and then I met James,” Cordova says. “I had never joined a band that already existed. I can say this about Ancient River—when I found out about the band, if I hadn’t joined, they probably would have been my favorite band in Gainesville. I kind of feel like it was the right time, right place...”
"Ancient River are so dialed-in to their individual current at this moment – a current strengthened, without question, by the duo’s relentless touring – that the entire album becomes more than a sum of its parts, just as the dawn can be felt each morning as something more than our moon momentarily disappearing from view. Ancient River has turned over time to also be much more than the sum of its parts, and on 'Keeper of the Dawn,' to simply be Ancient River. The album is a keeper in a thousand different ways."