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Sunset Sons release poignant video for The River

The video for ‘The River’ was shot earlier this summer following a sell-out headline show in London. It manages to capture a real sense of euphoria given that England beat Colombia on the same night – the band’s set itself was postponed to allow for the penalty shootout.

This new EP was the first new music from the band in almost two years following their breakout debut album Very Rarely Say Die which saw Sunset Sons get attention from major radio stations and play festivals up and down the country for over a year, including Hit the North in support of Circa Waves (which we were there for).

The EP takes on the raw passion that attracted so many people to Sunset Sons whilst stripping away a lot of the indie and pop sensibilities that the band have become known for through tracks like ‘She Wants’.


Speaking about the new track, keyboardist and lead vocalist Rory Williams says: “‘The River’ came after a conversation I had with my sister on the phone – she had been in a bad relationship that was abusive mentally and physically. I felt she had lost her confidence and character. The song tells her story and hopefully offers some words of wisdom for finding herself again and being strong.”

‘The River’ is a poignant song, a reminder that while things may be rough, there’s always room to grow and move on. The track is incredible atmospheric with a huge depth to the sound, layering elements until the beginning of the final chorus where a simple piano/vocal brings the song back down to earth before one final soaring singalong.

Watch ‘The River’ above and listen to it right here.

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