Halcyon Daze

by River Cult

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Though undeniably rooted in stoner rock, Brooklyn-based heavy psychedelic trio River Cult fluently weave a far wider array of sonic touchstones into an enveloping amalgamation that offers constant surprises – what may sound familiar at first heads rapidly in unexpected directions.

Debut full-length Halcyon Daze ranges through retro-fuzz, sweeping psych-doom and stark, almost post-metallic soundscapes.

The core of spacious heaviness remains throughout, but to hear a band channel (at any given moment) elements of Blue Cheer, ISIS, Ty Segall, Pentagram and Earthless, all while maintaining a vibrant originality, is truly a singular experience.

Making pigeonholing a further impossibility are River Cult’s lyrics. Themes of disillusionment, angst, alienation, addiction, and the mutual exclusivity of rightness and victory are just some of the personal and philosophical considerations that surface.

Metal Sucks called River Cult’s 2016 EP, “a fuzzed-out psych rock quest that sounds like it was recorded in a ’70s rec room in outer space.”

New York Music Daily described it as, “a roaring, psychedelic envelope of sound that’s a lot more propulsive than your typical stoner metal or postrock band.”

Halcyon Daze moves fluidly across sounds and emotions, a cohesive whole that refuses to be burdened by a single identifiable genre. The album’s tracks were recorded live in the studio, with minimal overdubs and edits, flowing together seamlessly to create an immersive aural voyage.
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released February 9, 2018

Sean Forlenza: Guitar/Vocals
Anthony Mendolia: Bass
Tav Palumbo: Drums

Cover photo by Anna Forlenza

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River Cult Brooklyn, New York

Heavy psychedelic rock outta NYC.

Halcyon Daze out on Nasoni, Blackseed and Magnetic Eye.

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Track Name: Likelihood of Confusion
Tried so hard
to to take it easy..
- feel malaise.

Yeah,
It's happening,
feel at ease.
Sobriety,
in the breeze..

Its not as if
I can't get by -
it just gets boring...

Yeah,
It's happening,
feel at ease.
Sobriety,
in the breeze..
Track Name: The Sophist
Do you believe
the things you say?
You kid yourself
and the ones you're with.

Take a look at yourself,
in love with your voice.
Take a look at yourself,
in love with your own --

Sophistry..
yeah you talk too much.
For once in your life
just shut up!

Take a look at yourself,
in love with your voice.
Take a look at yourself,
in love with your own --

Lies...
Track Name: Halcyon Daze
So enthused
with these headlines..
Can't wait
to see another day.

Photograph --
of far away..
Photograph --
is it real?

I hesitate
with what is real.
I can't tell,
I can't feel.
Track Name: Point of Failure
You get home
ready to lie.
She's already left
you can't get why..

Cuz its not easy
to up and quit.

Out all night
chasing the dog.
You show up to work
only to split.

Its not easy
to up and quit

And you can talk for days
but you don't say anything.
Take it from the one who knows.

You finally found
what you need,
but four hours pass
and your at it again.

Its not easy
to up and quit.

Feeling alright
but where are you friends?
You show up to work
they don't let you in.

Its not easy
to up and quit.

And you can talk for days
but you don't say anything.
Take it from the one who knows.

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