Toronto producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley, better known as River Tiber, has had a couple of stellar one-offs hinting at something more following last year’s When The Time Is Right EP. “Illusions” and “Gravity” were big collabs, with Pusha T on one and fellow Canadian Kaytranada on both. Neither of those tracks is on Paxton-Beesley’s newly announced Indigo album, and if he feels he can leave those slappers off, it must be pretty damn good.
The first official offering from Indigo is “Acid Test.” It’s a smooth, synth-doused R&B joint with the multifaceted producer employing his floating falsetto over silky, groovy beat. Deep, quivering bass, ethereal sweeps, and intricate drums with enough knock for two songs combine for a magnetic experience. He sings, “We are not on the same plane/ I cannot show you the way,” evoking the feelings and thoughts that rush through you after giving your relationship a litmus test and having the colors disappointingly read differently than you hoped they would. If this first foray is any indication, Indigo will be lovely. Listen.
02 “No Talk”
03 “Acid Test”
09 “I’m a Stone”
11 “Green In Blue”
Indigo will be self-released on 6/24.