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Bodies Be Rivers

Bodies Be Rivers releases debut album plays C’mon Everybody on Saturday 03.03

With its first full-length album, Things I’ll Tell You When You’re Older, Brooklyn quintet Bodies Be Rivers shows itself as an entrancing force in the world of alternative rock. There’s a folk sensibility to Bodies Be Rivers’ songwriting but on the ten-track debut that’s been amplified with echoing guitars, tumbling tom drums, and lush vocal production. The slowly harmonizing voices of Lauren Smith and Summer Stephanos lead the way into slight ambience, giving an almost dreamy hue to the band’s sound, particularly on tracks like opener "None The Wiser" and the gently floating "Golden Child." To celebrate the debut, Bodies Be Rivers will play C’mon Everybody this Saturday with support from Lauren Balthrop and Caitlin Pasko. ­– Cameron Carr

Bodies Be Rivers' release first single "None the Wiser" from debut LP

Bodies Be Rivers' newest single "None the Wiser" (streaming) from their forthcoming debut LP Things I'll Tell You When You're Older, is simply delightful. The listening pleasure begins with the ear-catching, nuanced arrangement which builds into a confident full band breakout. "Your weather never changes / your curtains always stay" sings singer and songwriter Lauren Smith, displaying wistful yet confident resignation. Her vocal timbre gives us a little more of this delicate self-assuredness, guiding the track and keeping us grounded. If the rest of the album is in line with this gorgeous first single, we're in for a treat. By the time "None the Wiser" had ended, I didn't want it to be over. - Geena Kloeppel


Bodies Be Rivers, Lacrymosa release collaborative 7'' split + play release show on 8/29

Sometimes a collaboration is all a band needs to to reach the next level, and a prime example of this phenomenon is "Making Plans," Bodies Be Rivers' collaboration with mysterious pianist/singer Lacrymosa. On their past work, Bodies Be Rivers mostly relied on their guitar parts to hold down the song's structure, anchoring their ethereal vocals from floating off into space. With the addition of Lacrymosa's piano, however, the load is lightened, allowing the guitar to contribute to the song's overall atmosphere. The result is something far dreamier and uplifting than anything they've done in the past. "Making Plans" is the lead single off of a collaborative 7'' split between the two artists, and you can check out their release show on 8/29 at Manhattan Inn. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

Bodies Be Rivers unveil new video + play Deli CMJ show on 10.17

Always exciting to see a young Brooklyn band grow! We premiered talented mellow poppers Bodies Be Rivers' first video a few months ago, and we just stumbled upon their new one for "Decay," which is a pretty darn good song (edgy too!). This is a particularly welcome surprise because we had already booked the act for our upcoming CMJ show, and seeing them this active is a great sign - two videos in a few months is not an easy thing to pull off for anybody! Come see them at The Living Room on Saturday October 17.


A Deli Video Premiere: Bodies Be Rivers + debut EP out on 08.04

Brooklyn collective Bodies Be Rivers may only have one song ready for streaming, but it sure represents them well. "Without You" - the single whose video we are premiering here, from their upcoming debut EP - is an intense ballad that highlights vocalist/keyboardist Lauren Smith's graceful soprano, and her bandmates dreamy tendencies, where a textural and haunting verse builds towards the uplifting opening of the chorus. For a band that's beyond 'new' - they pretty much just opened their Facebook page and it doesn't look like they performed live yet - this is certainly a very promising start. The band will release their debut EP at Rockwood Music Hall on August 4th.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


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