10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The striking second album from this dynamic six-piece does something rare indeed—it synthesizes the tangible personalities of the band’s individual members. From Alex Hwang’s spittle-drenched, tremulous voice and Jennifer Rim’s searching violin to the clever arrangements of drummer John Chong, Drinking from a Salt Pond is a celebratory document of a truly committed collective. Sugary harmonies lift the pop anthem “Can’t Come Down,” and snaking instrumentation threads through the moody “Elam,” while “Anthony” boldly injects snarling attitude into otherwise elegant songcraft.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The striking second album from this dynamic six-piece does something rare indeed—it synthesizes the tangible personalities of the band’s individual members. From Alex Hwang’s spittle-drenched, tremulous voice and Jennifer Rim’s searching violin to the clever arrangements of drummer John Chong, Drinking from a Salt Pond is a celebratory document of a truly committed collective. Sugary harmonies lift the pop anthem “Can’t Come Down,” and snaking instrumentation threads through the moody “Elam,” while “Anthony” boldly injects snarling attitude into otherwise elegant songcraft.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

42 Ratings

So excited!!!

WinterMelodies,

I saw these guys live at the Liberty in North Korea Summit the year before last. It was a very intimate setting (maybe 100 people at most, if that) and it was probably the best concert I have ever been to. I met the members afterward and they are all so friendly and humble. Their music is definitely something special. Everything from the lyrics to the composition is always spectacular, and the way they incorporate the numerous instruments they play is so well done. I have been waiting so long for new music from them and now it's finally on its way! (I may have fangirled a bit too much when I saw the Facebook announcement...)

Yeah

Kitten Jump Master,

it's really good.

About Run River North

Based in California's San Fernando Valley, Run River North is a six-member indie pop ensemble that originally formed in 2011 under the name Monsters Calling Home. Boasting a lush, folk-influenced sound built around singers Alex Hwang (vocals/guitar) and Sally Kang (vocals/keys), the band also features guitarist/violinist Daniel Chae, bassist Joseph Chun, drummer John Chong, and violinist Jennifer Rim. After filming a unique video for their song "Fight to Keep" in the back seats of their small Honda cars, they caught the attention of the marketing department at Honda, which used the song in a commercial. This led to them making a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, further expanding their audience. Following a sold-out show at Hollywood's famed Troubadour venue, the band signed with Nettwerk Music Group and officially changed its name to Run River North. Working with producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, the Shins, Band of Horses), they recorded their self-titled debut album, which was released in February 2014. After a busy year touring and promoting their debut, the band began to alter both their sound and their creative methods. Writing more as a group, they adopted a newfound electric sound and a slightly darker tone on their follow-up album, which they recorded with producer Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, HEALTH). Recorded in Los Angeles, Run River North's sophomore album, Drinking from a Salt Pond, was released in February 2016. ~ Timothy Monger

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