Los Angeles trio Run River North’s new EP Monsters Calling Home, Vol. 1 is out now. Casina, their latest single, is a reality-check for anyone who still believes in luck. Newsflash: the house is rigged.
Trapped as we are in this world together, we need artist-observers like Run River North to show us the parts of ourselves that we can’t see on our own. This stew of choppy electric guitar and electronic ephemera is a gritty explication of the life-is-a-game premise, and brings a sense of throwaway to the predicament we find ourselves in. In that moment that we are struggling, we get a look at where the mixed messaging is coming from.
Casina, the latest from Run River North, is a driving groove with a slick synth-bass and a smooth duet, that both celebrates and takes the edge off of the fact that in the casino, we are all destined to lose.