Ancient River’s Keeper of the Dawn out April 14

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Floridian psychedelic two-piece Ancient River are gearing up to release their sixth album, Keeper of the Dawn. A splatter platter pressed in black and white and gray with a cover that boasts an upside-down cross comprised of Navajo-skull polaroids, it will be out next month via Summer Moon, and the title-track is streaming now, all soaked in reverb vibe and laid back and molten and whatnot. It’s my first exposure to the band, who are already veterans of Austin Psych FestLiverpool Psych Fest and others — they’ll also appear at Milwaukee Psych Fest and the Reverence Festival this year — but the spaciousness the Gaineville duo offer argues well in its own favor.

I’d advise you to press play on the track at the bottom of the post so you can listen as you make your way through the info below, hoisted from the PR wire:

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Ancient River Share New Single + New LP News

Enigmatic southern-psych duo Ancient River announce their forthcoming album Keeper Of The Dawn by sharing the title track via SoundCloud today. Keeper Of The Dawn is dense with murmurs of psych prowess informed as much by their history (this is Ancient River’s sixth full-length, and eighth release since 2010) as their rich neo-psych influences.

Ancient River, the sonic brainchild of singer/songwriter James Barreto, is an ever-changing snapshot of rock n’ roll and psychedelia, flowing from the swampy roots of the American south to the far reaches of innerspace.

Veterans of the psych scene, Ancient River’s wall-of-sound barrage has been honed by extensive touring across the states and beyond–including appearances at Austin Psych Fest (2013-2014), Los Angeles’ Psycho De Mayo (2014), and the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (2012), all the while sharing stages with the likes of Dead Skeletons, Rosco (Spaceman 3), Night Beats, Singapore Sling, Heartless Bastards, Lumerians & Ringo Deathstarr.

It all began in the dawn of the year 2000, as guitarist J. Barreto was making frequent trips to Gainesville to play with The Ohm, his instrumental psychedelic band which thrived on instant creation and a homegrown DIY ethic. Over the next few years they recorded several albums worth of material entirely on a 4-track tape recorder, with James collecting and refining the components of his burgeoning home studio along the way. Upon moving to Gainesville to start his own project, he began recording local bands, producing several albums while creating music for local independent films. It was out of this period of musical exploration that Ancient River was born. Barreto’s house soon grew into a fully-fledged home studio/rehearsal space, where like-minded musicians could be found tirelessly sharpening their wide range of sounds, encapsulating everything from noisy shoegaze to psychedelia to classic americana.

Locked away in the pursuit of his sonic vision, it wasn’t long before J. Barreto earned himself a reputation as a musical hermit, though it was a full two years before he took Ancient River to the stage, re-emerging as an impassioned singer/frontman while wielding his unmistakable space-rock guitar sound and creating a captivating live show accompanied by entrancing psychedelic visuals. With the addition of Alex Cordova in 2011, Ancient River encamped into J.’s home studio and after recording multiple albums filled with the sounds of timeless American fuzz rock and reverb-soaked garage-psych grooves, hit the road in 2014 for a heavy national tour.

Now the band find themselves on the eve of a new album release and traveling to some of their most highly anticipated performances to date. A pioneering and prolific act at their creative peak and still on the rise, Ancient River look to take their vision and unique sound to new heights in 2015. Let it flow!

Keeper Of The Dawn is out 4/14 on Summer Moon.

1. This Is The Time
2. Keeper Of The Dawn
3. New Rising
4. Mother Of Light
5. The Next One
6. Stay With Me
7. Journey Into The Light Of Darkness
8. Desolation Song
9. Hallways And Mirrors
10. End Of Dawn

Ancient River, “Keeper of the Dawn”

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