Ancient River: Keeper Of The Dawn
James Barreto could easily be referred to as the underdog of Psychedelia. He's been plugging away on his guitar for years creating album after album of Psych-rock and Americana, with the help of Alex Cordova, but is only now starting to get the recognition he deserves.
This years album "Keeper Of The Dawn", which Ancient River are currently touring across America, is full of delicious fuzz, brooding jangled guitar and completely soaked in reverb. James's signature pedal-warped guitar is accompanied by those distant and garbled vocals, with drums that clatter and carry you along this 40-minute drive through the desert of acid.
Much like a great psych song, that drones and rattles on, slowly building until it explodes with heavy energy, we are enjoying watching Ancient River's career path follow the same method.
Stream the album in full above via YouTube, and catch them live all across the country, and in Brooklyn this Friday night alongside Worthless and Fascinator at the show we're presenting with Summer Moon at Kings County Saloon. If everyone's reaction to the rest of the tour is anything to go by, it's going to be one hell of a night. Event info here.