River Runner aka Ian Mitchell recently released Alone, But Not Lonely. It’s a complete DIY album that contains songs that combines genres like post-rock, experimental and alternative. Mitchell’s main instrument on this album is the guitar which drives the music. He plays technically impressive parts which are also aesthetically creative as well.
Mitchell took care of the production himself using consumer gear. The recording quality isn't competitive with professional recordings but the songs often still shine through. That being said this will be one aspect of his recording that he will surely want to improve upon in his future releases.
Alone, But Not Lonely isn’t heavy on vocals. When he does sing he usually gets it right. Although there are some things he does which don’t quite hit the mark. After a short instrumental piece called “Speak’ he launches into “Desire.” The song doesn’t sound too far off from Explosion In The Sky at times but the vocals give it a different vibe. His vocals excel here. He sounds natural and his tone works. My one quibble with the song are the drums. The drums are a bit too much at times and sound like a metronome instead of a groove.
“Aspiration” is another success. He has some great guitar here that is both lush and expansive. The same issue arises with the drums and programmed beats which at times seem more apt for a metal song. He goes on a roll with “Will” and “Knowledge” but runs into some issues on “Ecstasy [Ft. On This Earth].” His melodramatic speaking part on “Ecstasy [Ft. On This Earth]” feels a little too serious for his own good.
Luckily Mitchell gets back to a singing style that works better on the songs after that. There are some great parts on a song like “Gloom.” The most original may be on “Confusion” which is slightly jazzy with a good dose of post-rock. Great song.
Alone, But Not Lonely is far from perfect but it seems as if Mitchell has plenty of time to evolve. He is currently attending school for music and I am pretty sure that will help his development. Alone, But Not Lonely showcases a talented, young musician with a good amount of potential.
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