Rivulets - "You've Got Your Own"
Nathan Amundson doesn’t exactly turn into a bundle of joy when he gets his hands on an acoustic guitar. It must be because this world doesn’t deserve such a depressive and beautiful melancholy, or because he’s one of those who suffer childhood nostalgia, but the fact is that Rivulets – that’s the name of his musical project – is composed basically of dusty bedroom folk music, despite being an artist of the best slowcore tradition and crafting his songs with a cool and careful ambience. Of course, it might have something to do with him coming from Alaska, a land that is not specially renowned for its warmth, and with his friendship with Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low. “You’ve Got Your Own” was a sensational EP released by Acuarela, featuring five compelling and emotional songs, stemming from a guitar with old wood reminiscences and haunted vocals bordering between whispers and agonic vibrations. Five songs which could be compared to those of Mark Hollis, Neil Halstead, Nick Drake, Richard Youngs, and the Cure (“shadow of a ghost”), all of which adhere to an astonishing expressiveness.