Riley Pearce Shares “8 Hour Drive”

October 21, 2021 BY Nettwerk


An introspective singer-songwriter, Australian indie-folk artist Riley Pearce often writes about coping with change and his love-hate relationship with nostalgia. Out today, Rileyreturns with “8 Hour Drive,” another example of his reflective, heart-on-sleeve songwriting that continues to resonate both in Australia and abroad.

“8 Hour Drive” is the first new music since the 5-track EP Love and All That Stuff (2021) that was described by Atwood Magazine as “a buoyant encapsulation of intimacy & connection.” With lyrics like, “my hindsight eyes, a million cars out on the track, a million racing lights…they’re all talking to me now,” the new track also reflects the all too human need for connection.

Late-2019, Riley went on the road with a friend and labelmate Garrett Kato. For six weeks, the two traveled throughout Europe and the UK, performing across 20+ cities along the way. At the time, Riley had mixed emotions about the trip. About the song, Riley says: “the shows were a mixed bag of being amazing and truly inspiring and leaving us questioning why we played in that town. I was writing postcards back home to my fiancé and trying to ‘take her with me as much as I could. Looking back on it now in a post-pandemic world and it really has changed how I view that trip. It was such an amazing opportunity that I didn’t fully appreciate at the time now that I’m missing travel and shows. It’s so incredible driving in Europe and all the different cultures you witness.”

“8 Hour Drive,” the first new single from a forthcoming album, is available at digital retailers here: Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more info.