Song of the Day: River Giant – Fast Heart

photo by David Estep

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection is “Fast Heart” by River Giant from their 2012 self-released, self-titled album.

River Giant – Fast Heart (MP3)

Formed in Seattle in late 2009, River Giant is the trio of singer/guitarist Kyle Jacobson, bassist Trent Schriener, and drummer Liam O’Connor. The group incorporates elements of Americana and folk alongside distortion-drenched guitars and a pounding rhythm section. After releasing their first EP in late 2010, the band released their self-titled debut in April of this year. As grizzled as their beards may suggest, “Fast Heart” showcases the band’s heavier-leaning tendencies while still maintaining a distinct love of Northwestern harmonies. Opening the track with a deluge of thick guitars, the band alternates between a tide of muscular waves and sharp vocals, Kyle Jacobson’s vocals cutting through all of it. “Fast Heart” shows that the trio can not only switch between dynamics on a dime, but that they excel enough in both areas to a point where they could choose one sound over the other to make just as strong as a track.

River Giant is opening for Sera Cahoone at the Neptune Theatre on October 26th. Tickets are available here, and you can hear about any future shows and music from River Giant by visiting their website and Facebook. Watch the band play “Fast Heart” live on KEXP earlier this year below.

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