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