Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


band members

Kate Skinner - vocals, guitar, violin, mandolin Lucas Skinner - drums, bass, guitar Michael Skinner - Drums on Almost Home Pascal Babare - piano, bass


Influences

Neko Case , Bonni "Prince" Billy, Angel Olsen


Unearthed artists we like

Atolls


Bio

Rough River is the musical project of folk Melbourne singer-songwriter Kate Skinner.

Her debut self-titled LP taps the same emotional vein of contemporaries Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, the album quietly aching with tales of love gone by and a yearning for the natural world.

“Sometimes” [Track 4], the album’s lead single, is a joyous piece of chamber pop rich with harmonies, piano and the delicate, twining violin lines that tie the whole album together. The track was recorded by Lucas Skinner [King Gizzard] in his Brunswick bungalow and edited and arranged by Pascal Babare [Pascal Babare & Teeth/Aleks & the Ramps].

Kate’s violin lines have the immediate, wrenching quality of Warren Ellis’s, but Babare’s deft arrangement reins each song into a tightly-wound pop composition. The rest of the instrumentation, too, echoes the grainy room-sound of Ocean Songs – a result of the LP being recorded in lounge- and bedrooms across Melbourne, on the same beat-up rig that’s borne much of King Gizzard’s output. Drawing on players from that band [Lucas Skinner, Joe Walker] and Mallee Songs lends the record a certain looseness and grit that underpins folk in the old sense of the word – not as a set of readable signs, but as an act of communion.

Review

Review by Nat Tencic Nat Tencic

31 Jan 2017

Triple J
40

Just gorgeous.

Just gorgeous.

Review

Review by Stacy Gougoulis Stacy Gougoulis

02 Dec 2016

Triple J
45

Yep, this is an excellent song excellently executed

Yep, this is an excellent song excellently executed

Review

Review by Celline Narinli Celline Narinli

23 Nov 2016

Triple J
40

Warm and arresting vocals, intimate and simply beautiful!

Warm and arresting vocals, intimate and simply beautiful!