25 Nov 2020

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

EmRiver - Album Review: Heart to Heart

03 Mar 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
This album begins with the mellow and mystical Heart to Heart. EmRiver uses beautiful counter melodies and a tambourine to make the listener feel like they are walking into a clearing in the forest. Her breathy lyrics and harmonies are optimistic and dreamy. Following Heart to Heart, we are introduced Wild Woman Dreams. The song seems to depict mother nature and describes her in whimsical metaphors. The production is creative, using the natural sounds of the outdoors to give colour and paint a picture. Wild Woman Dreams features a beautifully played flute, evoking the feeling of wood nymphs and water waifs.

Following a series of finger picked fairy music, the album build momentum with the more upbeat Coexist, which is more driven by the rhythm section. The song experiments with backing harmonies and preaches acceptance and respect. Coexist features another interesting instrumental line played, presumably, on a melodica. The moral of the song is very charming, encouraging people to “learn how to coexist”.

The album feels rooted in New Zealand, mentioning Pohutakawa and punctuating the ethereal soundscape with native birdsong and Te Reo Maori. EmRiver has a distinct and recognisable sound, which comes from years of developing herself as an artist. The album would be very effective for meditation or yoga, encouraging the listener to practice mindfulness and kindness through the hypnotic use of acoustic instruments.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About EmRiver

Music is the language that has flowed fluently through EmRiver all her life. Music is how she processes and makes sense of the challenges and heartaches that come with being alive. She is able to connect to deep places and find courage and hope through the powerfully healing vibrations of music and she loves to share that with others. Her music touches the heart and facilitates a feeling of connection and hope in her listeners. Part of what sets her music apart is the way it comes in authenticity straight from the heart.

EmRiver has been performing, teaching, and creating music for decades. She writes, records, and performs her own folky tribal songs on a variety of instruments including keyboard, guitar, flute, and ngoni. Songs and instrumentals pour out of her regularly as music is her main form of journaling and processing life.

Born in California but a longtime citizen of Aotearoa, and currently residing in the abundant Bay of Plenty, EmRiver has been sharing her musical passion with audiences around the world and in New Zealand for the last ten years. She has played in many different bands and ensembles over the years, and has spent time recording music and writing and performing songs either on her own or in collaboration with other musicians. Most recently she has shared her music at festivals and venues around New Zealand including Corofest, Earthbeat, NZ Spirit Fest, Solrise, Raglan’s Yot Club, Luke’s Kitchen in the Coromandel, and the Okere Falls Store.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for EmRiver


Piano Meditations
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Heart to Heart
Year: 2019
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Isla Norman

Moonflower - Single Review: Poison
13 Nov 2020 // by Isla Norman
Moonflower is a smooth Christchurch three piece releasing music riddled with dark twists and societal narratives. Comprised of singer/ songwriter/ drummer Nicole Schaap, and accompanying musicians Josh Fairless and Hamish Ellis, this band is not to be missed.
Lainey - EP Review: Balloons
21 Oct 2020 // by Isla Norman
South Island native Lainey is bursting into the music scene after her debut singles You Should Stay and Wanted To Tell You dropped. Taking inspiration from Billie Eilish, Elliot Smith and Dodie, Lainey’s music is sure to impact you.
Club Classic - Single Review: Richie Whiskey
24 Sep 2020 // by Isla Norman
Club Classic are an energetic indie-funk band from Wellington looking to make their mark on the Aotearoa music scene by making people dance. Inspired by legends Parcels, Sticky Fingers and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the four piece specialise in dynamic and groovy jams.
Madeleine Howard - EP Review: Just Reaching Out
02 Sep 2020 // by Isla Norman
Following the success of her singles No More and Missing Pieces, Madeleine Howard has released her much anticipated debut EP Just Reaching Out. Howard describes the EP as "a long time coming".
Aro - EP Review: He Manu Ano
28 Aug 2020 // by Isla Norman
Aro are a husband and wife duo who share a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity. In celebration of Aotearoa’s magical wildlife, Aro have released a five track EP inspired by native birds.
Valere - Single Review: Undercover
20 Aug 2020 // by Isla Norman
Following the success of her earlier releases Like That and Make Believe, Valere is back with her most sincere piece of work to date. Undercover begins with a choir of synths and swells into the questions "Do you know if your minds made up yet?
Samantha Josephine - Album Review: Feeling In The Strange
20 Aug 2020 // by Isla Norman
Hailing from Ladysmith, South Africa, Samantha Josephine is the mastermind behind the Feeling In The Strange album. Her sound is crisp and enchanting, and her lyrics feel as though they were written in another universe.
Raw Collective - Single Review: Waiting for Sunrise
13 Aug 2020 // by Isla Norman
Raw Collective are the snowball of a ten-piece whose name gathers interest with each turn. The Wellington Hip-Hop collective spent the past few years bring their music to the world through headlining tours and festivals in New Zealand and overseas.
View All Articles By Isla Norman

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Billie Eilish
  • MOOD
    24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior
    Ariana Grande
  • HOLY
    Justin Bieber feat. Chance The Rapper
    Internet Money And Gunna feat. Don Toliver And NAV
    Joel Corry feat. MNEK
    Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo
    Pop Smoke
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem