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Minimalist singer/songwriter Nathan Amundson began recording as Rivulets in 1999. Shortly thereafter his self-titled debut was issued by Chair Kickers' Union, the Duluth, MN, label run by his friend Alan Sparhawk of the veteran slowcore outfit Low.
Often driven only by voice or quiet guitar, Rivulets is frighteningly gentle, yet genuinely powerful. The brooding love songs of Mark Kozelek's Red House Painters are an apt comparison, as are the acute, windswept soundscapes of Iceland's Sigur Rós. Most often, the music suggests the isolation and odd beauty found at the center of an iced-over lake in the middle of winter.
Rivulets' spare sound was also augmented at times by various musicians, including Low principals Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker. Between '99 and 2004, Rivulets issued a series of CD EPs, and contributed to numerous compilations. Two full-length albums appeared through Chair Kickers' Union, 2001's self-titled effort and Debridement a year later.
Rivulets' third album "You Are My Home" was recorded by Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission of Burma) and released Stateside by Important Records in 2007, and in Europe and Asia by O Rosa Records in 2008.
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