Producer Black Sands’ latest offering ‘River Soul’ projects all the feel-good vibes, incorporating foot-tapping, pounding beats and slick electric guitar, amalgamating elements of Rock, R&B vocals, with an overall electro-pop feel. With a smooth and soulful twist, uplifting synth and piano melodies, the track’s genre-bending capabilities are seamlessly fused. Elevating his sound to new heights, the song strays from his usual darker offering to produce something brighter and sonically spirited. Mixed and mastered by Matt Foster, ‘River Soul’ is upbeat, catchy and undeniably mood boosting.
Speaking about the release, Black Sands says: “River Soul is a slight departure from the darker themes and tones I’ve used in the first few singles. While exploring themes around tragedy, moving on and facing your past — River Soul brings a much needed optimism to a world in need of something positive. I started writing this in the middle of the pandemic this summer. It felt symbolic of a more positive future, a world full of possibilities and hope — a song for all of us to enjoy and embrace the soul of summer.”
Black Sands is the recording project of Milwaukee-born Andrew Balfour, who spent a decade as a touring artist for Alt-Rock bands, featuring in Alternative Press, Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos. Following his touring, Andrew relocated to Amsterdam to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Taking inspiration from the film scores he was surrounded by, as well as notable Pop artists such as The Weeknd, Billie Eilish and Post Malone, Andrew firmly established his stand-out sound that is catching the attention of many.