PREMIERE: Esther Rivers crafts a brooding sonic universe in Prisoners

There’s something undeniably hypnotic about the music of Esther Rivers. In a short amount of time, the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter has crafted a sound that feels simultaneously sprawling and intimate; it’s grounded in deep, melancholic pop hooks, but reaches far wider.

With the release of her new video for Prisoners, she has immediately established herself as one of the Australian music scene’s most enigmatic emerging artists. If you’re not already familiar with this name, we strongly recommend you change that.

On her new video for Prisoners, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Esther Rivers craft a dark and immersive sonic universe.

Directed by Leisa Hayhoe, the new video clip perfectly captures the song’s melancholic charm. Much like the single, the video is mysteriously captivating—the kind of thing you’ll struggle to look away from.

Throughout the track itself, Esther Rivers floats through a strangely hallucinatory blend of folk and pop, delivering something uniquely her own. With dark, resonant vocal hooks and sparse western-tinged instumentation, Prisoners is an expansive sound world that you’ll have no problems losing yourself within.

Prisoners is the first single taken from Rivers’ upcoming debut EP Heretic, and judging by the quality of what we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes.

In the meantime, do yourself a favour and watch the new video for Prisoners above.