L.A.-based folk singer-songwriter Matt Kivel’s upcoming album Fires on the Plain employs field recordings of nature and world weary percussion. The record features guests Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, and Sophia Knapp—and “Blood River” is the album’s sparse gem. The repetitive drumming and vocals provide a backdrop for the song’s orchestral elements, this time a cello, to shine through. Kivel tells a cryptic story of death and renewal, centered around water, the rhythms of which his composition mimics. Everything dies and by the end of the song: “You met your maker.”
Fires on the Plain is out October 7 on Driftless Recordings.