Rio En Medio - "Fall Up" - mp3
Rio en Medio, billed as the protege of Devendra Banhart and CocoRosie, returns with her sophomore release Frontier coming out in October on Manimal Vinyl. Admittedly, we haven't heard of her before today, but this track is an intriguing look at an artist who can call the aforementioned artists as well as Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor (who is everywhere these days) and Tim Fite, friends.
Surely to be prematurely slapped with the "freak-folk" label, Rio en Medio deserves better than that. She is able to meld her folk-style-baritone-ukulele with darker electronic beats and sounds while successfully capturing ancient feels within the context of modern music. Rio en Medio, whose real name is Danielle Stech-Homsy, wrote this record in the the wintry climes of her rural New Mexican home -- going it alone Bon Iver style. Her vocal imagery is rooted in the poetry and literature she studied, while her music lays in a bed of dark synthesizers with her ukulele high in the mix. Certainly one to keep your eye out for this fall.