Riley Pearce Shares New Single ‘The Water’

Australian indie singer/songwriter Riley Pearce has just shared his brand new single The Water, the latest single to be taken from his debut album The Water & The Rough out now via Nettwerk. 
I really like his smooth vocals and dreamy harmonies which create quite a warm and dreamy touch that I find quite captivating. The Water is a powerful song about sheep mentality and is beautifully conveyed through his smooth vocals and a mesmerising indie production that features a killer bass nicely intertwined with subtle piano keys and lush guitar strums that create an overall warm and intimate atmosphere. Accompanying the release, Riley Pearce has shared its official music video, directed by Cedric Tang, which beautifully embodies the song's message and atmosphere. Check it out below!



Speaking about the song, Riley Pearce said,
We wanted to lean into the song’s concept but bringing in a more cult like collective mindset to represent the struggles so many of us have in finding solace and the often sheep mentality that comes with carving out success in the music scene. The song is very much divided in two. After chatting with director Cedric Tang about the way we’d film the music video, we wanted to highlight the bass - stuttering to match it with zombielike movements from the actors…..The moment we hit that water though it was a real battle to control the teeth chatters, it was a great team to work with on this video and I’m super proud of how it turned out.
Cedric Tang, director of “The Water,” shares,
Riley came to me with the idea behind the track and I loved it. The track is split into two parts, and we really wanted to visually show this sense of trance-like social conformity in the first half by having everyone dressed in similar clothes and walking the same way to the beat. Once the song changes pace, that's the moment where 'the spell breaks' and Riley has a kind of personal epiphany about his journey in music, and that's when visuals get a bit more eclectic and alive. I decided to shoot the first half almost completely on the tripod, in the middle of the afternoon to give it that static, lifeless feeling; and the second half was pretty much shot handheld through the evening & night to give it a bit more energy and human-like movement. I loved the idea of using twilight, the transition time between day and night, to really push the moment the song transitions. Shooting day itself was everything all at once, we were hot & sweaty, then cold and shivering a few hours later, but it was a great time with everyone out in the bush. Working with Riley is always super collaborative and I love that.