You may know Morgan Rider, a talented musician and songwriter in Bowmanville, Ontario, through his work with Toronto-based death metal/black metal group, Vesperia, but he’s also a solo artist with a doomy folk project by the name of Deep Dark River. With previous samples of his music available on Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes, we’re pleased to now debut the brand new single titled “The Golden Bough”.

A mixture of blues, folk, classical and even doom, Deep Dark River’s sound is both uplifting and melancholic; perfect for a rainy day, or campfire.

Rider commented on the new single saying: “The song has been the most organic and charged song I’ve ever written. It talks about the very real issues we are facing in 2018 in the wake of yet another avoidable tragedy.

Echoing a sentiment of a contemporary of mine: John Lennon. The man preached universal love and unity for people of all walks of life, only to have his own life taken one December night by a man armed with a firearm. How many more people have to lose their lives, how many families will have to put their loved ones into the ground before this crushing reality begins to even create a whisper of change? How long will it be before we realize that we are alone in an incalculably vast darkness; that we only have each other and the other sentient creatures on this planet for warmth and company.

The Golden Bough is about stripping away all the petty differences we visualize over our appearances, geographies and beliefs. To brace ourselves for the storm, we need to stand beside each other and remove the crowns we have fashioned for ourselves and for one another; to see what we truly are.”

Upcoming Show Dates:

03/09 – Whitby, ON – Melanie Pringles
03/11 – Bowmanville, ON – Manantler Craft Brewery


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