New Audio: The Effortless and Soulful Pop of New York’s Saul Rivers


Saul Rivers is a New York-born and-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and self-taught virtuoso, who began taking piano lessons when he turned three. By the time he was 16, he taught himself trumpet, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax and guitar. And while citing the likes of John Mayer, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and James Taylor as his major influences, Rivers has developed a sound blends elements of the blues, R&B, soul and pop.

2017’s Couldn’t Do It Alone EP featured EP title track “Couldn’t Do It Alone,” which amassed over a million streams. Since the release of that EP, the New York-born and -based singer/songwriter has released the acclaimed live EP, The Pineapple Sessions, collaborated with Gideon King and his band City Blog, and released live performance videos covering Eric Clapton’s “Old Love” and James Bay’s “Let It Go” filmed at Laurel Canyon. Adding to the growing buzz surrounding him, Rivers recently signed to Level.

Saul Rivers (Live Sessions) – “Old Love” cover from Albatross Pros on Vimeo.

Saul Rivers – Let It Go (cover) from Albatross Pros on Vimeo.

Rivers’ latest single, the Scott Jacoby-produced “Waves” is a seemingly effortless, hook-driven and soulful jam centered around atmospheric synths, a shimmering and looping guitar line, a two-step inducing groove that subtly reveals a careful and deliberate attention to craft. And while clearly indebted to neo-soul, the song as Rivers explains in press notes “is about getting out of your head and back into your body. As a native New Yorker, I’ve been surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a city the truly never stops moving. My hope is that this song takes you to a place where you can groove, dance, and forget about everything in your head and just enjoy the music.”