AMFM – “The River”


“The River” is a recent track from AMFM, strutting a hazy rock sound with ample melodic engagement. The project comes via David Caruso, producing his tracks out of Brooklyn. Hypnotic guitar swells complement vocals that reflect on the passing of time, remarking things are “just the same as yesterday,” while also looking ahead of future years. Approaching the two-minute mark, a dose of spacey synths add enjoyably to the textured bliss. The wave of shoegaze-y guitars that follow caps this section off as a standout sequence of events. “The River” is a well-produced gem that rewards listeners with hypnotic textural charm and a strong melodic output.

Per Caruso: “This song was about the competition thats been created with social media. The quest for likes. The quest to be liked. You’ll never really be happy. Does it matter?”

“The River” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2021’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream-Pop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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