Four-piece indie folk band Wild Rivers from Toronto, Ontario looks to show their growth as a band by following up their debut EP with their latest single release, “Do Right,” an upbeat love song.
“Do Right” starts with just an acoustic guitar strum and a synth pad, working just enough to evoke feelings of happiness and thoughts of good memories.Khalid Yassein’s vocals start soon shortly after; some listeners might be startled by the sudden loudness of the vocal stem but it shouldn’t be too difficult for ears to adjust. Wild Rivers also does a really good job setting a good impression with their simple lyrics that are effective enough for creating a connection with their listeners. Rock listeners in particular may also appreciate the shout out to Death Cab For Cutie.
The song picks up a little bit with the addition of a tambourine, electric guitar, and Devan Glover’s harmonizing vocals for the second half of the verse. The build up is sufficient for a seamless transition into the chorus. The delivery of the chorus is an impactful one, as it’s melodic and eventful enough to define the song’s vibe and meaning, as it should.
One thing in particular that I really like that is on display in “Do Right” is the great chemistry between Khelan and Devan (and this very likely goes back to when they both performed as a duo alone). Throughout the song, they share the lead vocal spotlight, and harmonize each other. For example, starting at the chorus the first time around, Khelan takes the lead vocal role while Devan harmonizes. At the line, “Walk a tight rope,” Devan takes over as lead vocalist while Khelan harmonizes her. For the second verse, Khelan is lead vocalist again, but right at the last line of the verse, Devan is lead vocalist once again. Her lead role carries over to the chorus the second time around and she remains the lead throughout. “Do Right” offers both Khelan and Devan a great opportunity to show off their singing ability (and they’re damn good at singing).
Overall, Wild Rivers has a love song in “Do Right” that does it right in a lot of aspects, from the performance to the song, to the lyrics, and right down to its engagement with listeners. Listeners of rock and indie music will be able to find appreciation for what Wild Rivers has to offer in their single.
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