THE STORY BEHIND TWO RIVERS
The single, “The River Is Moving”, is a dark pop song that combines a sneaky-strong groove, a lush soundscape, and starkly honest lyrics about what it’s like to be in a state of pre-redemption. The B-side is a spoken word piece inspired by an utterly surreal dream that John Common had one night.
“I paired the two songs because they form a kind of couplet: two distinct-but-related parts that fit together in unexpected ways. Water, and the idea of a river in particular, is such a universal metaphor. It can mean hope, time, movement and change. All of those are in both songs,” says Common.
PRESS FOR TWO RIVERS
Read the Westword article here: Westword’s Review of TWO RIVERS
“Veteran songwriter John Common has been treating Denverites to well-crafted, imaginative songwriting since his days in alt-country band Rainville. Having worked with a handful of bands and projects since then, Common has demonstrated remarkable flexibility in both sound and performance. … Listening to the two songs on this release, it’s obvious that Common truly is expanding beyond expectation.
RELATED ART COLLABORATIONS
John Common has a long history of collaborating with artists from multiple mediums (film, photography, poetry, installations, box art). For this single, Common collaborated with Denver-based, Brazilian filmmaker, Gio Toninelo. “Like John, I have a desire to tell stories. For me, creating a film that emulates his music as moving miracle just felt natural,” said Toninelo.
Common also collaborated with Denver-based photographer/artist Scott McCormick to create the visual art associated with the release. “Two Rivers is proving to be another wonderful collaboration between John and me. We’ve been striving to expound on a dark and organic feel of artwork that matches this albums’ sound. For this particular piece, we’ve opted for a double exposure look that reflects the literal with Caravaggio-style lighting and structure,” said McCormick.
John Common :: voice, songs, guitars, beats, sounds
Jess DeNicola :: voice (track 1)
Marc Dalio :: drums, beats, percussion (track 1)
Casey Sidwell :: bass (track 1)
Jon Wirtz :: rhodes, keys (track 1)
Steve Vidaic :: wurlitzer, sounds (tracks 1, 2)
Produced by John Common and Steve Vidaic
Engineered by Mike Yacht and Steve Vidaic
Recorded at Immersive Studios and Emmasaurus Sound
Mixed by Steve Vidaic and Mike Yacht
Mastered by Jim Wilson at Jim Wilson Mastering
Photography and Design by Scott McCormick
All songs written by John Common
Copyright John Common Music / BMI
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