“Darkness In Mind” by River Whyless - A Song Review
Following in the footsteps of highly successful bands of the 1960s, River Whyless has the courage to fire a missile that is outside the expectations of its fervent fanbase and into the area of Psychedelia. The launch site is similar to that of The Byrds, while the sound of the launch is more aligned with The Beatles.
“Darkness In Mind” is the fourth engaging track from the album “Kindness, A Rebel,” which will be released on June 8, 2018 via Roll Call Records. Of the four, it’s the first to feature the vocals of Halli Anderson and the first to include Psychedelic sensibilities. River Whyless is a Folk Rock band; thus the comparison to The Byrds’ exploration with the release of “Eight Miles High” and other tracks on the 1966 album “Fifth Dimension.” But the sensibilities come across more as processing effects, similar to songs such as “Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles (although the River Whyless song is far less dedicated to the effects).
The initial seconds of “Darkness In Mind” are Byrds/Beatles-like, but the song is fundamentally a steady-rhythm driving melody. The percussion and guitar provide the vehicle, with the vocals establishing the changing scenery.
River Whyless is based in Asheville, North Carolina. The members are Ryan O'Keefe (guitars, vocals), Halli Anderson (violin, vocals), Alex McWalters (drums, percussion) and Daniel Shearin (bass, vocals, harmonium, cello, banjo). Their tour schedule is included at the bottom of this post. It includes a visit to The Chapel, arguably the most beautiful of the San Francisco venues (for tickets to the SF visit, CLICK HERE).