I See Rivers
(Photo by Sian Adler)
I See Rivers are Eline, Gøril and Lill and together they make a glorious and uplifting sound. They recently released one of the best singles of 2019 with their track ‘Helios’ so we wanted to find out more about this incredible Norwegian/Pembrokeshire band.
The band originally comes from Norway. You met at Liverpool when you were studying but now live in Pembrokeshire. How did you end up living there and what is it you like about the area?
We first came to Pembrokeshire three years ago and it was love at first sight! We originally came here to record our very first EP (‘Standing Barefoot’) in StudiOwz, a studio run by Owain Jenkins, and after experiencing the beauty of both the land and the people there, we kept making excuses to come back up until the point it just made more sense to move there.
The band sing with incredible and slightly unusual harmonies. Did this come naturally or did you have to work hard to achieve them?
Firstly, thank you! Singing together (in harmony) came very naturally to us and we’ve never actually discussed what we want to sound like – it just kind of happened like that. That being said, we obviously have had to work hard to develop our skill set.
(Photo by Ollie Couling)
Your music has been described as ‘float pop’. For the uninitiated, what is that?!
‘Float Pop’ is a term made up by us to describe our music as it floats and meanders between bouncy pop, jangly indie and floaty folk/pop.
You’ve been part of the BBC Horizons scheme last year. How was the experience and what has been the highlight?
Being part of the BBC Horizons / Gorwelion scheme has been so incredible! Firstly, being included as Welsh musicians not long after settling in Pembrokeshire was so heartwarming, motivating and absolutely lovely! In addition, Horizons / Gorwelion is a great platform for upcoming Welsh artists to grow and take their career to the next level in an environment that’s both safe and challenging. It’s also been quite educational for us to be a part of to be introduced to the Welsh music scene with open arms.
Your debut album is due next year. Where was it recorded and what can we expect from it?
It is! We’re actually still in the process of writing and recording the album, but we’ve had one recording session so far in Owain Jenkins’ StudiOwz here in Pembrokeshire (www.studiowz.com). As we’re still in the process of making it, it’s a bit difficult to illuminate what to expect from it, but we do know that, sonically speaking, it will be a different vibe than our previous EP’s with a little bit more of an electronic spin.
(Photo by Ollie Couling)
You recently played in the Houses of Parliament. How did that come about and what was the experience like?
We were honoured to be asked to be part of the performance as part of the BBC Wales Horizons project to promote the Welsh music scene, it was a little surreal, but we really enjoyed performing an intimate show for a new audience.
Pembrokeshire has a strong sense of personality and place. How have you found the music community there and are there particular musicians you have got to know and spent time with.
Pembrokeshire is the best. There’s a lot of interesting and really good music being made here, for instance from the incredible Jodie Marie or Alaias! We highly recommend checking out both of them!
Where do you think the band will end up living? Staying in Wales, back in Norway? Somewhere else?
That’s a really difficult question! Ever since we formed the band moving around has been such a big part of our life, so in a way it would be nice to settle in one place for a little bit. On the other hand, there’s so many interesting and inspiring places around the world, so I really have no idea where we could end up… Fiji perhaps?
The new single Helios is out now. Tell us about the song, what it means to you and how it was composed.
Helios is the Greek god of the sun, and according to the legends, he would appear in the sky at dawn, bringing the day as he rode his golden chariot across the clouds. In the context of this song, Helios, or the sun, is meant to represent a person that you think the world of, someone you see through rose-tinted glasses, before coming to terms with the illusion and the cathartic feeling that follows this realization.
(Photo by Ollie Couling)
Anything else exciting coming up?
We’re really excited to go back in the studio this autumn to finish the rest of our album! As an independent band, we have a lot of freedom to do what we want to do, but the flipside is that we have to fund everything ourselves. As such, we’ve made a Kickstarter campaign to help us fund the album and it would mean the absolute WORLD to us if anyone could help us finish the album! We obviously won’t ask anything without giving something in return, so you can find everything from hand-knitted beanies, to personalized outgoing voice messages and personalized pieces of music in the things we can offer as a “tusen takk” for your support. You can find the campaign here: http://kck.st/31NA0gw
Although we’re in the studio a lot throughout 2019, we are also looking to do some live shows so watch this space!
Thank you // Tusen Takk // Diolch – Eline, Gøril and Lill x