Riverman’s track “Traces” is from their recently released self-titled album. Hailing from Yekaterinburg, Russia, Riverman has focused on dark, melancholy sounds on this indie-rock record.
The song begins with a gloomy tremolo guitar riff that’s present throughout. A simple drum groove that fits well with the panned guitars sounds great with Riverman’s vocals. Using minimal elements, Riverman has used appropriate chord progressions to reveal an otherwordly vibe.
An electric guitar filler follows the first chorus and introduces the second verse quite well. A song like this would be suitable as a soundtrack for the movie Trainspotting! The acoustic guitar sounds similar to “Where Is My Mind” by the Pixies in some parts. The focus of Riverman’s sound is on a solid drum beat and also a solid bass. In each of the tracks in the album, the drum sounds are similar and the bass plays a big role in being a foundation for the other instruments.
The second chorus releases into a loud yet not-so-heavy guitar lead that plays well with the panned tremolo guitars. I think there could have been some simple improvements in the mix, mainly quantisation. While it sounds like a live recording, the performances could be a bit tighter since it’s from a studio album.
Something is haunting about the vocals in “Traces” that makes you want to hear more music from this album. I would describe “Traces” as very emotional, dark, and reminiscent of Muse and Radiohead.