This record tries so hard to be relatable that it's unlikely to alienate anyone. Of course, it's not likely to draw anyone in, either.
Rivergazer is the project of singer-songwriter Kevin Farrant, and Random Nostalgia is his first full-length studio record. It's a soft, folky set with a faint feel of melancholia running throughout. In other words, it's like a lot of other records you've heard before. Random Nostalgia, despite its disingenuous title, seems to be very focused and pointed in its representation of lonesome folk-pop. "All my friends are lonely," Farrant insists on opener "Lonely", and later in the record we hear him cry over an abandoned T-shirt in just one of many pining moments on the record.
Farrant injects some strange humor in here and there, which is when this seems specifically like his own hurt, but too often the hazy textures feel anonymous and the sadness here feels practiced, like someone who's studied how to make bittersweet music instead of someone conveying truly bittersweet emotions. It's a record that tries so hard to be relatable, in its soft, pleasant sounds and romantic but dignified wallowing, that it's unlikely to alienate anyone. Of course, it's not likely to draw anyone in, either.