11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally working as Monsters Calling Home, this six-member indie folk-pop group initially attracted attention with their unique video for “Fight to Keep,” taken in the backseats of their small Honda cars. This led to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, fortifying their fan base to standing room only at local gigs. A recording contract and name change led to this debut album, produced by Phil Ek, known for his work with The Shins and Fleet Foxes. The song “Monsters Calling Home” clings toward modern pop while retaining the group's acoustic roots, which are far more present on the existential “Beetle.” The sextet leave room for adventurous arrangements, and by the album’s end, it’s apparent that singers Alex Hwang and Sally Kang could have been singer/songwriters on their own had fate not made their group an immediate hit. The unison-harmony vocals of “Lying Beast” have a pop-like sense of fun, whereas “Run River North” comes closest to a straight mainstream folk-rock tune. Violinists Jennifer Rim and Daniel Chae add an exotic counterpoint to the band’s standard guitar-keys sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally working as Monsters Calling Home, this six-member indie folk-pop group initially attracted attention with their unique video for “Fight to Keep,” taken in the backseats of their small Honda cars. This led to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, fortifying their fan base to standing room only at local gigs. A recording contract and name change led to this debut album, produced by Phil Ek, known for his work with The Shins and Fleet Foxes. The song “Monsters Calling Home” clings toward modern pop while retaining the group's acoustic roots, which are far more present on the existential “Beetle.” The sextet leave room for adventurous arrangements, and by the album’s end, it’s apparent that singers Alex Hwang and Sally Kang could have been singer/songwriters on their own had fate not made their group an immediate hit. The unison-harmony vocals of “Lying Beast” have a pop-like sense of fun, whereas “Run River North” comes closest to a straight mainstream folk-rock tune. Violinists Jennifer Rim and Daniel Chae add an exotic counterpoint to the band’s standard guitar-keys sound.

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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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