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River Flows Reverse

When River Flows Reverse

Hungarian Haunting Folk


When River Flows Reverse
by River Flows Reverse



"All Instruments recorded in a cold shed in the middle of the muddy forest of Hungary.
Except the trumpet, Nico grabbed that in Grenoble.
We are a kind of "bored" in this concertless situation, so we are playing with our instruments then. We think, this is a masterpiece of our "curfew' recordings."


released  2021

Vocals: Kriszti Benus (Lemurian Folk Songs)
& Lőrinc Sántha (Indeed)
Trumpet: Nico Delmas (Hold Station)
Other instruments: Bence Ambrus
Some banjo: Lőrinc
Some noises: Gergely Gadolla
Cover art: Tamás Tóth

 digitally released January 19, 2021

Vocals: Krisztina Benus
& Lőrinc Sántha
Trumpet: Nico Delmas
Other instruments: Bence Ambrus
Banjo intro on 'Ripples' : Lőrinc
Some noises: Gergely Gadolla
Drums on 'Karnevál' : Tibor Kovács
Cover art: Tamás Tóth (explainwithtart.com)

A side
Leaving Shades Ahead 06:07
At the Gates of The Perennial 09:37
El Sendero 02:41

B side:
El Sendero II & III 10:12
Final Run 08:51

C side:
Rain It Rages 11:02
Oriental Western 02:58
Ripples 08:32

D side:
Woodman Woo Wily 04: 49
Karnevál 18:12

Special Thanks to Dimitris Karytsiotis
Dedicated to Kallia and Chris

Distributed by: Vinylkiosk.com
this is a Psychedelic Source Records &
a Twisted Flowers release collaboration

c 2021 all rights reserved
Produced & enginered  by Bence Ambrus
Twisted Flowers


"This is a truly lovely work of wyrd folk coming from Hungary.  There is almost zero information out there about the mysterious River Flows Reverse, as they appear to be a loose aggregation from the underrated psychedelic source collective.  Certainly, this appears to be their debut album.

Fans of Beautify Junkyards will find a lot to like here, as ‘When River Runs Reverse’ reminds me in some ways of the wonderful band from Portugal.  And at an hour long, you get more than your money’s worth of their haunting music.  I’ve mentioned this before, but I love artists who create their own little sound worlds within a record, as River Flows Reverse does here.  What you get, as with Beautify Junkyards, is their own form of folk, buttressed by massive loads of atmosphere and style, and reflective of their ethnic heart.  And they do it with great economy, often with spare arrangements of, say, an electric guitar, banjo, bass, drums, woodwinds, an occasional trumpet, and some gorgeous vocals.

Like the titular river, the album flows along in a meandering fashion, giving the listener a warm sense of tranquility.  You, the listener, never get the sense of where a song is heading, nor will you really care, so calming is their style.  The album is about 80% instrumental.  Songs may go on for long wordless stretches, giving you the impression that the track is an instrumental, then vocals will finally appear several minutes in, only to drift away again.  The enchanting vocals, with their off-kilter harmonies, are mostly by Kriszti Benus (Lemurian Folk Songs).  Most of the vocals are in English, but there are a few instances, as with “At the Gates of the Perennial” and “El Sendero II and III,” where a man utters a few sentences of spoken word in Hungarian buried deep within the middle of an otherwise lengthy instrumental track.  These lines hail from Lao Tzu, from the Tao Te Ching, and translate to “the gates of heaven and earth open and close” and “Behold, it was born of ancient chastity, born before heaven and earth, how peaceful, how empty.”

The album is hypnotic, mesmerizing, and full of quiet, pastoral beauty.  Besides the aforementioned Beautify Junkyards, the tracks can remind me of Pentangle, or Miles Davis, incredibly within the same song.  Kriszti Bensus’ vocals really shine on “Final Run,” “Rain It Rages,” and “Oriental Western,” sounding both icily indifferent and bewitching.  For an album its members claim was “recorded in a cold shed in the middle of the muddy forest of Hungary” it sounds weirdly magnetic and beguiling.  ‘When River Flows Reverse’ gets my highest recommendation."

(Mark Feingold)

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