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Ancient River Decides ‘This Is The Time’

The Florida psych duo create a fuzzy wall of sound on the opener to upcoming LP 'Keeper of the Dawn'

Hearing Ancient River’s lush, expansive sound, it’s hard to imagine that it’s just two guys. Starting out as the bedroom brainchild of lead singer James Barreto, the Gainesville duo are getting ready to release their newest album Keeper of the Dawn. Taking cues from contemporaries like Temples and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, new single “This Is The Time” finds the duo in a magical haze. Washed-out drums and fuzz pedals do the trick, but the ringing reverb on Barreto’s rhythm guitar really gives the song shape.

“Time” is the album’s opener, and James says the song shows off the band’s capabilities: “It’s a great example of how we try to fill as much space as possible between the two of us. What you hear on this track is us showcasing what we sound like live.” Stream the cut below, and keep an eye out for Keeper of the Dawn, out April 14 via Summer Moon. They’ve also got a bunch of tour dates coming up, which are below as well.

Ancient River tour dates:
May 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
May 13 – Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp
May 14 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabes
May 15 – Chicago, IL @ Burlington
May 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Psych Fest
May 18 – Wyandotte, Michigan @ Rockery
May 19 – Ann Arbor, MI @ 3rd Death Star – House Party
May 20 – Ypsilanti, MI @ Crossroads
May 22 – Detroit, MI @ Lager House
May 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls
May 24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Block Party & Cattivo
May 26 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar Tavern
May 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
May 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings County
May 30 – Boston, MA @ The Lilypad
June 3 – Washington, DC @ The Lab
June 4 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
June 5 – Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
June 7 – Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
June 8 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
June 10 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
June 11 – Tallahassee, FL @ Pug’s Live
June 12 – Gainesville, FL @ 1982
June 16 – Birmingham, AL @ Mono Bar
June 17 – Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz
June 18 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
June 19 – Nashville, TN @ Springwater
June 20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Tacocrazy
June 21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
June 23 – Lincoln, NE @ Vega
June 25 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Latitude 44
June 27 – Saint Cloud, MN @ Pickled loon
June 30 – Denver, CO @ The Walnut Room
July 3 – Boise, ID @ Crazy Horse
July 5 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
July 8 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
July 9 – Portland, OR @ Star Theatre
July 10 – Salem, OR @ Triangle Inn
July 11 – Eugene, OR @ The Wandering Goat
July 12 – Eureka, CA @ Little Red Lion
July 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
July 17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
July 18 – San Diego, CA @ Til Two Club
July 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
July 23 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Undergound
July 25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
July 26 – El Paso, TX @ Monarch
July 28 – Fort Worth, TX @ Boiled Owl
July 30 – Tulsa, OK @ The Soundpony
July 31 – Wichita, KS @ Barleycorns
August 1 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room