Single review by KevW
They may be a relatively new name to many of us Brits (and probably our readers elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, although one member is from Nashville), but South Africans Civil Twilight have been a going concern for quite some time, and a successful one at that, with a Facebook page boasting over 100,000 'likes'. During their formative years little music was released and it wasn't until a relocation to the US (where fourth member Kevin Dailey joined the ranks) that things started moving at a higher pace. Since then a self-titled debut album has appeared, followed by a second, 'Holy Water', which will be getting it's UK release in the spring.
All of which makes 'River' the band's debut UK single and our first taste of what to expect from Civil Twilight in the future. Their talent hasn't gone unnoticed and they've recently been given the remix treatment by celebrated indie types Ra Ra Riot which you can hear below. Their own track, 'River', is a confident and accomplished piece of indie-rock and the strong, emotive vocals have drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Thom York. In terms of music, Civil Twilight aren't close to the experimenting of latter day Radiohead or the spine-tingling balladry of Jeff Buckley; they're no imitators. Instead 'Rivers' is a powerful and passionate track that's got the potential to cross musical barriers and set them on their own path to stardom of sorts. It may have taken them a while, but it might just be worth it.
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