Oakland-based artist James Riotto is gearing up to release a new EP, called Mineral King. Ahead of the official release in July, Riotto has dropped the title track off the album. With gorgeous cover art and a beautiful inspiration behind it, Mineral King is sure to be a good one.
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James Riotto explained his connection to nature that served as the inspiration for the album, and the song, with this statement: “I am not a religious, or even spiritual person, except when I am hiking in the wilderness. Mineral King is a valley on the border of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks in the Sierra Mountains, and it’s one of my favorite places that I’ve ever hiked. The seed of this song was planted in me after I ate some marijuana chocolate in a backpacking trip and was absolutely floored by the impossible beauty that surrounded me. It sent me on a train of thought about life and death and nature and God that has really stuck with me.”
With inspiration like that, “Mineral King” has to be a powerful piece of music. And it is. The song is fantastic, with profound lyrics, echoing vocals, and absolutely beautiful guitar chords. Give it a listen, and be on the lookout for the full release of Mineral King in July. I’m definitely marking my calendar.
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