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Sounds | Wild Rivers - Backfire

In 2021 schreef ik over hun single Long Time: "Iemand kleeft op deze muziek de 'indie' stempel terwijl ik hier gewoon héél erg mooie, melodieuze countrypop hoor." Dat 'indie'-labeltje staat nu nog in de pr-teksten en nog steeds blijf ik bij mijn gevoel van destijds. Backfire laat overheerlijke, zachtzoete country(folk)pop horen, mooi gezongen door Devan Glover en later passend versterkt door Khalid Yassein. Dat tweestemmige is bij Wild Rivers vooral een mooie aanvulling, zeker geen must.

Waarom ik hen zo sporadisch aan bod laat komen terwijl ik telkens enthousiast ben? Die andere songs hé, véél te poppy.


Of the track, the group shares, “‘Backfire’ is about waiting for the ‘right moment’ to act on a feeling towards someone, until the window of opportunity inevitably passes. You hold back because you fear that speaking your truth will compromise the relationship, and the risk feels too overwhelming. It’s a song about wishing you could have been bolder in those moments.”

Formed during their time at Queen’s University in Ontario, Wild Rivers has released two full-length albums to date including 2022’s Sidelines, which landed at #9 on the U.S. Spotify Debut Album Chart. Released to critical acclaim, Under The Radar praised, “expertly straddles the lines between folk and indie, offering an empathetic and enveloping comfort and a piece of poignant pop beauty,” while American Songwriter declared, “Soul-stirring…rich male/female harmonies bring the emotional lyrics to life.” Since the release of Sidelines, Wild Rivers has been nominated for Breakthrough Group of The Year at the 2023 JUNO Awards, seen their breakout single, “Thinking ‘Bout Love,” certified Gold in Australia and Platinum in Canada, and garnered over 800 million global streams, with 4 million monthly listeners on Spotify. The group has also spent much of their career touring across the world including countless headline shows as well as dates supporting artist such as The Chicks and Noah Kahan. 

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