Review: Mike Riley - 'Marriage'



A promising songwriter with a love of big dogs and bigger guitars, Mike Riley has pursued his music career through thick and thin. Using music as a way to meet girls and join the crowd, he developed and refined his style from covers of Dashboard Confessional, before eventually moving on to write and record his own rustic compositions.


A natural-born songwriter, his songs and lyrics deal with authentic and heartfelt topics, shining a light on the trials and tribulations of life, love, and everything in between. On his latest release, the five-track EP, ‘Divorce’, Mike chronicles his life of home-town reunions, marriage nuptials, and their eventual demise, highlighting the emotional scale of those defining, life-changing moments. Drawing instant comparisons to Noah Gunderson, Ruston Kelly and Donovan Woods, Mike’s sound is best illustrated by the release of lead single ‘Marriage’, an evocative new single that arrives alongside its own official video.


Taken from the EP, ‘Marriage’ flows with an instant rustic charm, rising from the silence with a gentle stream of blossoming folk-rock sounds. Balancing his unique alt-country style with growing atmospherics and smoky vocals that carry the emotional weight of the song, ‘Marriage’ has an instantly entrancing sound, igniting the melodic and heartfelt sound with an undercurrent of renegade pop sensibilities.



A stunning and altogether impressive look into the heart and soul of Mike’s new EP, ‘Marriage’ is built around a glistening melodic centre that charms and entrances in equal measure. Premiering alongside its official music video, the new single is easily Mike’s most accomplished song to date, bringing with it emotional maturity and textured songwriting that few musicians know how to master.


Score: 8.5/10


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