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River Tiber, When the Time is Right (self-released)
CD Reviews: October 15, 2015

10/15/15



River Tiber, When the Time is Right (self-released)

Here we have a new way of looking at trip-hop — let’s call it “deep trip-hop,” owing to the Baptist-choir-level soul that comes along with these laconic beats. Former Berklee student Tommy Paxton-Beesley had this EP funded by Muchfact, a Canadian organization that seems focused on helping out musicians who deserve a little financial boost, which this guy certainly does (jeez, the New Pornographers got some help from this thing too?). This year found Paxton-Beesley receiving lots of love when Drake’s “No Tellin’” sampled his then-unreleased “No Talk,” leading to instant A-list status in the Toronto scene. I can’t speak to that part, but the kickoff tune here, “No Talk,” certainly is a strange and beautiful animal, made of bedroom soul, a little Bon Iver and some Nintendo-synth that actually grows on you. Closing number “Waves” sounds like some lost track from a 1980s Cars album; “Let You Go” ups both the glitch and Drake factors simultaneously to nice effect, if questionable accessibility, not that that should dissuade you.  AEric W. Saeger





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