River of Stars is a new album from singer/songwriter, Forrest Hill. The songs combine elements of folk, pop and alternative rock to cultivate a catchy, contemporary incarnation of a classic sound. Musically, the style strikes me as reminiscent of vintage Simon and Garfunkel (in their more upbeat and polished moments). Tracks like Million Miles and New Horizon are characterized by an organic euphoria. This album impresses on all fronts. Production is clean and clear, with a quality level exceeding that of most major labels. Hill is also an excellent singer, successfully taking vocal risks that many would not even have the courage to attempt in this genre. The songwriting and instrumentation form a complex ecosystem, which the artist makes the most of. Dynamic, melodic and memorable, this is just an excellent release. Absolutely fantastic.
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