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Review: Three Thousand Rivers, “Body Aha”

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Review: Three Thousand Rivers, “Body Aha”

“The charismatic vocals of Hassenfeld combined with the emotive strings from violinist Aqua offer a one-two punch that elevate each song on Body Aha to a higher level. This is a balanced blend of folk funk rock that brims with a buoyant energy that can’t help but have you moving along to the beat. Three Thousand Rivers have a creative, fun and special chemistry…”

Artist: Three Thousand Rivers

EP: Body Aha

Genre: Folk / Funk / Rock

RIYL: The Kinks, Young the Giant, The Mountain Goats

Three Thousand Rivers - Body Aha

Brooklyn-based folk funk rock outfit Three Thousand Rivers consists of Noam Hassenfeld (guitar, lead vocals), Warren Loegering (bass, vocals), Jack Cashion (saxophone), Nick Demirjian (drums) and Zoe Aqua (violin). The title track of their new EP Body Aha comes barreling out of the gates with a polished, distinctive sound that’s infectious on first listen. This is the kind of record that makes it easy to love discovering new artists and worth the pursuit.

The members’ diverse musical backgrounds, including Balinese, West African, and South Indian drumming, modern classical music, funk, and jazz are certainly found here and there in small (and sometimes larger) ways throughout the five tracks included on Body Aha. There is a musical chemistry and common ground found in the Americana, funk and folk rock genres, bringing a classic song structure into harmony with these varied influences. It’s an eclectic but entirely accessible sound, both highly dynamic and well-written.

The title track is a great introduction to the band and what’s to come over the course of the EP. The strings aren’t just a gimmick, they’re intrinsic to the layered, lush sound of this quintet. “Between Two Stones” allows drummer Demirjian to shine, and the insistent rhythm is the backbone of the track. Beyond that, it provides a contagious energy that takes over the entire band with great melody and a moment that allows Hassenfeld to show off his vocal range as well. “Grow” also taps into that great energy that pervades Body Aha; but it’s “The Shakes” and its focus on the sax skills of Cashion that captured my attention. It’s something we don’t get to hear often in modern pop music (there’s never enough saxophone!) but here it’s deftly used to punctuate and lift the song, adding some grit and heat to the driving beat. “Gut” closes the effort with yet another polished gem that shows off what this band is all about, and it’s a satisfying end to an EP that I wanted to continue on and on.

The charismatic vocals of Hassenfeld combined with the emotive strings from violinist Aqua offer a one-two punch that elevate each song on Body Aha to a higher level. This is a balanced blend of folk funk rock that brims with a buoyant energy that can’t help but have you moving along to the beat. Three Thousand Rivers have a creative, fun and special chemistry that is truly exciting to hear and bodes well for a musical future full of reinvention. This is great stuff from a talented quintet.

Three Thousand Rivers website: http://www.3000rivers.com/

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