Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno - Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno
Cat. no: DIRTLP0100
Release Date: 23rd April 2021
Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno’s self-titled record is old-soul roots music to its core. Though both just out of college, the duo’s musical talents extend far beyond their years.
Produced by Cajun roots heavyweight Joel Savoy at his GRAMMY winning studio, Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno is not some soulless collection of songs imitating previous masters of American music. Rather, the pair has responded to one of the darkest eras in American history with an album of stunning breadth and originality.
With mass protests and fires raging near their current home in the Pacific Northwest, and no prospect of touring anytime soon, it’s an aptly biting, bittersweet group of songs for an uncertain time. Yet, Leva and Calcagno balance this with a sense of optimism a notion that at our most vulnerable we might emerge better humans because of it all, perhaps beginning with our own intimate relationships.
The eleven tracks elegantly reprise the deep threads of old-time and classic country present throughout Leva’s debut album she did grow up in rural Virginia, the daughter of celebrated old-time musicians, after all. However, the pair fluidly meld this traditional backbone with fresh iconic melodies, expanded production, and the tightly wound vocal harmonies of indie folk. It’s an artistic statement made from this moment but built to last.
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”This is a particularly good album, a great collection of ‘old soul roots’ music, with a lyrical warmth and a high standard of musicianship. Obviously, it is far too early in the calendar to be talking about album of the year status, but if there are many better albums released in 2021, we all have a lot to look forward to.”- Americana UK 9/10
“Most definitely a duo you want to keep an eye on.”- FRUK
Tracks: Will You / Leaving On Our Minds / Hollowed Hearts / On The Line / Red Hen / Biding All My Time / Love And Chains / On Account Of You / My Teardrops Say / You Don’t See Me / Good And Gone