Rivergazer – “Tai Chi” (Stereogum Premiere)
Rivergazer, a project from Kevin Farrant of porches., are set to release their new album, Random Nostalgia, and today they share the new single “Tai Chi.” As the title suggests, the song has a relaxing vibe, especially in the chorus, where Farrant sings, “So if you wanna do some tai chi baby, tai chi with me, tai chi with me, tai chi with me” like a mantra. But there’s a creeping dread behind that sense of ease, a yearning that brings to mind the summer-jam crisis of Real Estate’s Atlas. As his voice rises to sing, “I’m doing the best I can,” “Tai Chi” becomes an empathetic song about those who are doing just that, and fearing it might not good enough. Listen below.
Random Nostalgia is out 8/12 via Father/Daughter. Preorder here.
[Photo by Heather Craig.]