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.” Southey
The process of bringing ‘Run River’ to life was as all-encompassing for Southey as could be. From writing, recording and producing the single himself, he also produced the cover artwork. Turning his hand to this element of the release was unexpected, but satisfactory for the artist.
“The artwork for the single was something I wasn’t expecting to create myself. It started out as a few concepts and sketches. Before I knew it I had this set of acrylic paints and a canvas and my studio was covered in these abstract river paintings.” Southey
‘Run River’ is not just Southey’s debut, but the debut release on newly launched music label Peach & Sons. Based in Sydney and headed up by Sam Patching, Peach & Sons is thrilled to kick off their new chapter with Southey.
“Run River’ is a beautiful song by an incredibly talented local artist who I’ve felt privileged to work with. I couldn’t be more excited to share this as the debut release on our label and look forward to bringing more of Southey’s work to the surface later in the year”. Sam Patching, Peach & Sons
As the first taste of more music to come, ‘Run River’ is an emotive statement of intent from an exciting artist with more to share.