Full-body relaxation mode: On.


At Majestic Journal, our “Fresh Sounds” feature aims to showcase not just the latest tracks from our favorite up-and-coming artists, but those doing things differently. In our latest feature, we’re relaxing and vibing to River Tiber’s “Deep End.”


River Tiber’s new track “Deep End” is exactly what the title implies. It’s deep — and it’s noticeable throughout both the lyrics and the instrumentals.

The song starts with flickering — akin to the slow blinks of a candle flame — and leads into a slow and hazy verse, which contains lyrics like, “Everyone else is imaginary / when I’m with you that’s my sanctuary / up in the clouds with no reception.” When paired with the song’s hypnotizing beat, it’s as if we have been transported into an otherworldly dystopia.

Even the story around “Deep End” is otherworldly; to give more dimension to the song, River Tiber sampled the sounds of roaring engines and burning oil from the CNE Airshow as fighter jets flew overhead during recording.

Devo took the cover photo when we were on tour living in a suspended reality for a few days. I never knew he took it, I was in a dream. I was listening to the song and looking through old photos and it stood out. It was a moment in time, the beginning and the end. I had started writing the song that same month.”
— River Tiber

Despite the mellow rhythm in “Deep End,” River Tiber has released a few other tracks that delve more into the acclaimed sensuous R&B sound, mixed with his own personal touch. Tommy Paxton-Beesley, the Canadian multi-instrumentalist behind River Tiber, is considered a multi-faceted musician who does everything himself: writing, recording, performing vocals, synths, bass, keys, drums, vibraphone, and producing his own samples. His work has been featured in tracks by noteworthy artists like Travis Scott, Kaytranada, BadBadNotGood, and many more. Together with his number of famed collaborations, River Tiber still manages to break from the status quo with his unique sound and has gradually built a name for himself.

River Tiber’s “Deep End is out now. Listen below.


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Written by Paulina Praphanchith

Edited by Jaclyn Siu