Viv & Riley& sound is old-soul roots music to its core, elegantly combining a traditional backbone with the fresh iconic melodies of future-leaning indie-folk, and the tightly wound vocal harmonies of the old-time and classic country music they came from A bittersweet nostalgia lies at the heart of Imaginary People, their brilliant new album on Free Dirt Records.

Over ten tracks, the pair applies an indie roots sheen to newly composed pop gems. Rooted originally in the folk and old-time tradition, the pair propel their sound into more experimental territory, crafting songs that speak to finding a path forward into adulthood in an uncertain world. Producer Alex Bingham of Hiss Golden Messenger brings a sunny, lush sound to Viv & Riley’s music, moving beyond their earlier country roots and towards a more layered sound. Their songwriting has evolved as well, from the world-weary, stripped- down country songs they’re known for to something more sophisticated, sweetly sad and gently sardonic.

“Melting vocals, an instrumental delight and a feel that you are riding a progressive wave of roots music. Viv & Riley have the potential to move into the major league of duo acts.” 3 Chords And The Truth

“A masterful blend that weaves together their shared reverence for traditional Appalachian music alongside indie-folk, pop-leaning adornments. The result is an emotionally potent 10-track album that covers a vibrant range of personal and universal truths” The Bluegrass Situation

“While Imaginary People is striking for its voguish sonics and distinct vocals, Leva and Calcagno’s tunesmithery are what ultimately stand out. While previous work aptly showcased the duo’s craft, their new set reveals and underscores a striking refinement. These songs — accessible, sumptuous, enchanting — belie an impressive and hard-won finesse.” No Depression