River Moon’s 2020 album, Martyr, demonstrated a far more contemplative, atmospheric sound than much of her previous work, and was born out of a darker period of the artist’s life; she credits the album as saving her life. Now, she is ready to begin a new chapter, musically and otherwise. The past couple of years have provided collaborations with artists like LSDXOXO, brands like No Sesso and a slew of vivacious live performances. Some of her most viral songs seem to have followed the logic of a meme post; an idea comes to her and an hour later a song is born, often playful and touched with her distinctive sense of humor. Her work is grounded in a heritage of Black electronic music pioneers, and she is the self-declared Rave Princess. Now, she has moved across the world, and has undertaken a new slate of projects.
Leaving her hometown of Cape Twon (South Africa), Moon recently moved to Los Angeles, where she quickly immersed herself, and is already working on a new album. Moving her production out of a bedroom and into a studio has allowed her a much broader set of collaborative opportunities. She tells us that River’s Revenge will arrive early next year and is different from anything she has released thus far; its alignment is “rapper sun, raver moon, rockstar rising.” In this interview, River Moon talks about her relationship to social media, the direction her music is taking, where she has ended up in the world and navigating the world’s club spaces.