This post was originally published in October 2018.

Inhabiting the space between Damien Rice and Ryan Adams, this syrupy-sweet slow-burner does not disappoint. It’s a slow 6-count, and a poetic homage to the power of attraction, and the beauty that connection brings.

In the lyrics there is a beautiful repetitive cadence, developing the theme using this spit-shine conceit of shuffling the descriptor around: queen of the night, queen of the seasons, of faraway skies. It is a raggedy pathos, giving the entire arc of emotion a series of chapters via snapshot; there is a deliberate sense of shattered memory, of fragmentation and poignant detail.

“May the morning bring light to your prayers
and the fire that’s inside
may your wings be forever unbroken
and sing whenever you’re spoken to
Robin, queen of the night”— Riley Catherall

Riley Catherall is an Australian singer-songwriter originally hailing from the Canberra region, now living in Melbourne. This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.