River Boy is the new solo project of Narayana Johnson (one half of Willow Beats). His music draws extensively on his childhood and teenage years spent roaming creaks, forests and mountains in the Northern Rivers, NSW. A symbiotic weave of natural and electronic sound is at the centre of River Boy’s unique take on writing and production.
His work as one half of Willow Beats saw songs garnering millions of plays on streaming platforms along with multiple full rotation adds to Triple J. The duo had sell-out tours across Australia along with playing Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Beyond the Valley, Clockenflap (Hong Kong) and supporting artist such as Tash Sultana.
River Boy says about his debut release, “I Never Knew is a fantasy in which my father (who passed away when I was six) had a great purpose for me. It’s a song about missing someone but letting them know you still feel their presence through the lessons and quest they’ve passed on. Sometimes that feeling is so strong you can hear them speaking back, telling you not to be afraid.
It’s a song about following your heart and passion, about perseverance and strength even when things seem impossible. It’s an affirmation to myself and to anyone else who might need it.”