River Lion debuts with ever so impressive single ‘Leaving You’

Taking a turn today from the upbeat, feel good bangers I’ve been shooting your way, I’m going to recommend one for the more sombre moments, the endings and the days where you just want to drive in the rain for a few hours (as I have done many, many times when feeling a bit overdramatic). From English artist River Lion, we have Leaving You. At the fore, it is a break-up song, but as you keep listening it grows into so much more. I would argue that the instrumental tells the story just as much, or maybe even more than the lyrics. Beginning slow, with a bit of a noughties sad-song vibe, we build slowly into such depth within the sound. A strong baseline, plucking guitar, piano – it swells and falls and does absolutely everything in between to weave such a web of loss and acceptance.

This is all before we even come to discussing the vocals as well – such an open, clear sound that infatuates the listener completely. The feel of the song can be encapsulated wholly within the main hook – “I’ve gotta be leaving you, don’t freak out, but you left me all alone in this”. It’s just honest song writing that doesn’t hide behind any false pretences -it’s almost as though the lyrics have been ripped straight out from a conversation. Pairing this with the incredible instrumental, this is definitely one to check out.

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Sienna Filipetto

Sienna is an Australian musician who made the move to London last year. She’s developed a massive love for the UK music scene and has recently become the first person apart from Kevin to write on The Sound Sniffer blog. She’s got wicked taste in music and is super chilled.

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