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The Suitcase Junket, ‘Ten Rivers’ [Exclusive Premiere]

The Suitcase Junket Matt Lorenz Ten Rivers
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Matt Lorenz, the mind behind the one-man band the Suitcase Junket, is premiering his new song “Ten Rivers” exclusively for readers of The Boot.

Lorenz isn’t your traditional Americana musician, not by a long shot. The Suitcase Junket is the definition of an experimental project, as evidenced by the fact that Lorenz uses found objects and junk pulled from Dumpsters (including a fork and random bones) to produce his dingy, electronic take on the Americana sound. Lorenz even trained himself in throat-singing, which allows a musician to sing two notes at the same time, creating rich and unique harmonies.

The finger-picking on “Ten Rivers” is intimately familiar, but the sounds made by Lorenz’s offbeat “instruments” add an extra layer of interest. Still, vocally and lyrically, “Ten Rivers” is the kind of song that would fit in nicely on a playlist alongside artists such as Shovels & Rope and the Drive-By Truckers. It’s a classic road song, inspired by Lorenz’s extensive touring.

“I’ve been out on the road around 200 days a year for the past couple years. It can be tough, but it’s beautiful, lonely yet full of new friendships, exhausting but exhilarating,” Lorenz tells The Boot. “I tried to capture some of those dualities in this tune: the desire to get home to the people I love and the need to keep going on the path I’ve chosen.”

“Ten Rivers” will appear on the Suitcase Junket’s forthcoming album Pile Driver, set for release on April 21.

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