East African music giants, Sauti Sol, have dropped a brand new single, “By The River,” and it’s a soulful serenade that washes over you like a gentle current. The Kenyan crew, known for their smooth blend of Afropop, R&B, and reggae, deliver a captivating performance that’s both introspective and uplifting.
Released on today, “By The River” marks a welcome return for the band, following the critical acclaim of their 2020 album, “Midnight Train.” This new track is a mellow departure from some of their previous high-energy releases, offering a more intimate and reflective soundscape.
The song opens with a gentle acoustic guitar riff and warm keys, setting the stage for Polycarp’s emotive vocals. The lyrics paint a picture of yearning and self-discovery, with the river serving as a metaphor for life’s journey. Sauti Sol’s signature harmonies intertwine beautifully, adding depth and texture to the emotional tapestry.
As the song progresses, the instrumentation builds subtly, incorporating subtle percussion and jazzy flourishes that complement the band’s signature sound. The bridge features a captivating saxophone solo that adds a touch of sophistication and elevates the overall listening experience.
“By The River” is a testament to Sauti Sol‘s musical prowess and their ability to evolve while staying true to their roots. It’s a song that lingers long after the final note fades, leaving you with a sense of peace and contemplation.