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Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno DIRT-CD-0100 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberDIRT-CD-0100
labelFree Dirt Records
Release date12/03/2021

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      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 GRAMMY-winning Cajun roots heavyweight Joel Savoy at his Louisiana studio, Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno’s self-titled debut is not some soulless collection of songs imitating previous masters of American music. Rather, the couple 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 Appalachia, 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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      CD 1
      • 1.Will You03:18
      • 2.Leaving on Our Minds03:58
      • 3.Hollowed Hearts04:23
      • 4.On the Line04:03
      • 5.Red Hen03:48
      • 6.Biding All My Time03:42
      • 7.Love and Chains03:37
      • 8.On Account of You03:09
      • 9.My Teardrops Say03:25
      • 10.You Don't See Me03:43
      • 11.Good and Gone05:19
      • Total:42:25