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River Delta by Quiet Hounds

I find it fascinating that in our interconnected world, we are growing ever more inadequate in our ability to connect with each other. I see it in our dysfunctional relationship we have with our devices to the detriment of our relationships with other people.

All this research on declines in physical and emotional intimacy, social stunting, and a rise in clinical depression makes me sick. 

I like to think I’m a hopeless romantic at heart…. I suppose old school. I didn’t have to contend with all this distraction growing up. River Delta takes me back to what it felt like to be immersed in that old fashioned kind of intimacy… that summer camp kind of romance, barefeet, riverside in the rain, kinda thing. 

Sonically, the guys were playing around with this hand held drum machine and created this killer cinematic loop. On top of that, we stubbed in an old chord progression stolen from one of our first EPs for kicks. Bonus points to anyone who figures it out. I don’t know that we ever intended for it to be a real song, but Deke took it to another level with these Paul Simonesque guitar runs weaving in and out of the song’s rigid structure. 

Last spring, I was about to board a plane to Hong Kong and knew I’d be sitting on my ass for 13+ hours straight. I remember taking what the guys sent me and loading it up on my laptop. Dropped a few melodies on the track in a quick 20min session in our hall bathroom just ahead of my flight. I spent a good portion of that flight playing around with textures and arrangements that would turn into the soundtrack of that trip. First few stabs at the vocal arrangement and I knew there was something magical in there.