Must Hear: River Tiber’s From Now On

Through various recent posts, I’ve been introducing you to River Tiber, a new band out of Toronto led by 21 year old multi-instrumentalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley.  I just adore the rocking “Someday”, which ranks #11 on my personal chart.  River Tiber’s debut album From Now On is a layered affair awash in many influences.  

I’ve already alluded to Jeff Buckley-esque sounds on “Someday”.  Whether it’s intentional or not, they pervade the album for me.  I grew into Jeff’s classic Grace album in the same way that From Now On has got under my skin.  Irrespective of similar talents, I suppose the comparison for me is the emotion inside the music.  Tommy is so in-the-moment in songs like “Symmetry” (the refrain gives me shivers!), “Everything That Happened”, and “These Are Centuries” that it’s hard not to be captivated.  There are bursts of rock ‘n roll and outstanding patches of silence which given the album its poignancy.  In “February”, you can feel literally feel the snow, and in “On and On” you stick with the coda till the very end just like “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles.  Just when you get comfortable with the laid back feel of the record, it nudges you and gets inside your head.

I can pinpoint other comparisons, and I really don’t know if they are valid.  But I hear U2, Coldplay, Nick Drake, French/Quebec folk (perhaps along the same lines of someone like Rufus Wainwright), along with classical and jazz influences.  From Now On is a self-made effort that deserves attention of the music industry.  Tommy has just released a free download of an EP called Massachusetts – download it right herewhich is more acoustic, and I hope to have comments on in the near future.  For now, my ears are all on From Now On and its dreamy, thoughtful, and well-played landscapes.  Get it on iTunes.  There is also an EP of remixes from the album that you can get for free right here.

River Tiber plays the Supermarket in Toronto for a free show tonight, doors at 9:30 p.m.  The band also has a 3:00 a.m. show (yes, you read that right) at Rancho Relaxo on Saturday, March 24 during Canadian Music Week.

To whet your appetite, once again here are the videos for “Someday” and “Symmetry” 🙂

“Someday”

“Symmetry”

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  1. […] “Here Comes The Sun”.  As I wrote a few weeks back, River Tiber’s From Now On is one of the few Must Hear records of 2012 thus […]

  2. […] Advancing to the top therefore is the independent release of “Someday” by Toronto band River Tiber.  ”Someday” is a song that slowly draws you in, basking in some great guitar work, and then takes you on a little journey that keeps you hanging in till singer Tommy Paxton-Beesley’s last breath at the end.  River Tiber also has a quieter more moody song in the Top 10 at #7 with “Symmetry”.  This one relies on a vocal climax followed by relaxing jazzy instrumentation and has an incredibly dreamy feel-good vibe.  Be sure to buy River Tiber’s From Now On album on iTunes.  You can view the videos for both songs by reading my comments about From Now On right here. […]

  3. […] multi-instrumentalist  and vocalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley and his band since first hearing their From Now On album at the top of this year.  I’ve now seen three shows by them, heard the Remixes and […]


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