Powerhouse vocalist River Iris has just released her fourth single, “Peekaboo,” off of her upcoming debut EP. While music has been a critical part of her entire life – she had a microphone in her hand at the age of 2, had formal voice training starting at the age of 11, and continued her creative process at UC Berkley – it hasn’t been until recently that she has really found her own unique sound.
Born in Japan and then alternating annually between schools in South Carolina and California, River learned to embrace change in her life from an early age. She has used that appreciation for change to develop her creative process, a place where she says she is “free to be childlike and playful.” For River, music is a universal language and has always been a form of release and a place of exhileration.
“Peekaboo” is a rhythmic lullaby that marks her first release of 2021. She released a handful of singles last year, including “War.” The twinkly and reverbing production creates a dusky, twilight feel which lends itself perfectly to the hazy musings of the vocals. The leisurely beat is comprised of layered synths that build an atmospheric sound that is equal parts captivating and meditative. River’s airy vocals effortlessly glide above the pulsating and entrancing bassline as the lyrics flutter between electrifying instrumental elements.