Having already impressed with their stunning debut EP Standing Barefoot and the equally remarkable follow-up, Play It Cool EP, featuring the sublime track ‘I Don’t Know‘, Norwegian trio I See Rivers deliver a promising teaser ahead of their hotly anticipated debut album in the form of latest single ‘Helios’.
Sitting happily between the carefree ‘float-folk’ of Standing Barefoot and the slightly poppier Play It Cool, ‘Helios’ delivers a fuller, more polished sound than we’ve heard from the trio before, whilst still retaining the exquisite harmonies that have become their hallmark. Fresh from a well-received performance at The Great Escape festival in Brighton and already gaining traction with plays on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6 music, in ‘Helios’ I See Rivers have crafted a pure and enchanting single, bursting with delicate flourishes. Drifting into your ears with the softness of a gentle summer breeze, it swells to a rousing finish. If you want music to caress your soul and refresh your spirit, this is it.
Describing the inspiration behind the song, the trio comprised of Eline Brun, Gøril Nilsen and Lill Schei explain “as the Greek God of the sun, Helios would emerge in the sky each dawn in his golden chariot, bringing the new day. In the context of this song, Helios is meant to represent the experience of seeing someone through rose-tinted glasses, thinking the world of them, seeing them as the actual sun, before finally seeing them in their true light.”
With upcoming shows at the Kulturhuset in Oslo on the 14th June and festival appearances at Bergenfest and at Unearthed festival in their adopted home-country of Wales, there’s plenty of opportunities to see I See Rivers live this summer. In the meantime, bask in the golden glow of Helios below…