Following on from the African influenced rhythm of last months "Van Dyke Brown," River Whyless return with the indie-folk charmer "Born In The Right Country."
Less upbeat than previous singles, "Born In The Right Country" is a political statement from the band challenging the idea of the American Dream.
Frontman Ryan O'Keefe's understated vocals fit perfectly with the country meets folk guitar work and rhythmic percussion, with the song rattling along at the pace of an old freight train. Steeped in Americana and '70s folk, "Born In The Right Country" is a brilliant piece of songwriting from O'Keefe, who had this to say about the track:
At its core, 'Born in the Right Country' is about innate luck. Cosmic luck, that of an individual, born into a country or society which accepts them as that unique individual. Born in the Right Country speaks both through the eyes of our president and the narrator. In the song, vanity seems to trickle down much more freely than money and you can see it take root in the middle and lower classes as we strive to live like the upper. The dominant class is built on the idea that anyone can, and should become like them. We were raised to call this the American Dream. It's imperative to the success of the upper class that the American Dream stays as it is, a dream. Meanwhile, the reality persists, which is that the vast majority of people stay in the class to which they were born. Sure, there are people that break through, in our country especially, but the rich generally stay rich and the poor generally stay poor.
River Whyless are set to drop new album, Kindness, A Rebel, June 8.