Rivergazer, “Wimpers”

Loren DiBlasi


With Porches., Kevin Farrant helps put the “we” in weird, working alongside childhood friend and resident eccentric Aaron Maine. But as Rivergazer, Farrant has slowed his roll. Instead of all-out abnormality, Farrant—plus Hunter Davidsohn and Kolson Pickard—crafts songs that are simple and familiar, yet imbued with a grandness that keeps things fresh.

“Safari Jack”, a supreme slice of bouncing garage pop, took us by surprise earlier this month. Now on “Whimper”, Rivergazer’s second single, Farrant churns out dreamy nostalgia with just a hint of sparkle in his eye. Here, time is both Farrant’s friend, and his worst enemy; over a full, rich background, he laments its passing while still utilizing all it has to offer. “Everyone is pretty in New York City,” he repeats, a mantra that reflects the dizzying pace with which we’re all just trying to keep up. A slower, sleeker take than Rivergazer’s previous single, “Whimper” ends with a slinky, psych-tinged jam sesh, delivering satisfying bites of everything we crave: sadness, wistfulness, joy, regret. It’s fitting that Rivergazer’s debut, out August 12 via Father/Daughter Records, is titled Random Nostalgia; a little here, a little there, Farrant effortlessly pulls the pieces together and makes them fit.

New York shows:
09 Hampton, NY @ Adventure Bandits Art Club
14 Kingston NY @ BSP Lounge
15 Beacon NY @ Quinn's
21 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium [Album Release Show] w/ Flagland, Sharpless, &Small Wonder

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