Published Jun 20, 2018Wild Rivers are a four-piece band from Toronto — vocalists Khalid Yassein and Devan Glover, musicians Ben Labenski and Andrew Oliver — and acoustic guitar summarizes their EP, Eighty-Eight, which was cultivated, written and recorded in Nashville and Ontario, with noticeable influences from Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor and Neil Young. A Hawaiian influence via slide guitar on the folk-pop "A Week Ago" is shared with the slow-paced and laidback "Call It A Night," which plays with vocalists Yassein and Glover by separating their vocals for the verses and then blending the female-male duo in a vocal harmony chorus.
The acoustic guitar pattern and soul melody on the single "Howling" is in a similar style to Aloe Blacc and Avicii's "Wake Me Up," which ends with enticing and unaccompanied vocal harmonies. "I Won't Be Back" is country-folk with a vocal chant in the chorus, while "You Can Side" combines rock electric guitar, folky acoustic guitar and a California-inspired drum pattern. Wild Rivers' Eighty-Eight merges many genres gracefully by adding vocal harmonies and an acoustic guitar to their folk-pop and soul hybrid. (Independent)