Meet Scavenger Hunt. The brainchild of producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Mufson and vocalist/songwriter Jill Lamoureux, the pair first linked back in 2013 when Lamoureux, also a California transplant, caught Mufson performing in Hollywood. Soon the duo became inseparable in the studio, drawing on a common interest in ’80s and ’90s pop and R&B, and taking influence from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Annie Lennox, Sade, and Robyn.
After earning early success with their singles “Lost” and “Dreamers,” which featured in campaigns for Estee Lauder, Virgin Mobile, and Hollister, as well as numerous synchs — including this year’s film “Bad Moms” — the group also earned their stripes on the road, touring with the likes of Dragonette, Shura, and Capital Cities last year.
Today, the Los Angeles act comes back swinging with the first cut off their new EP, “River Runs Dry,” premiering exclusively via Billboard.
Riding the line between electro-pop and indie alternative, the murky instrumental creeps in on a bed of hazy synths, punctuated by effervescent xylophone and Lamoureux’s poignant lyrics, as she coos “How can you love what you don’t know? Look for me in the afterglow,” before the dropkick of a chorus hits, spinning with the hook, “So tell me why am I the last to know, cause I’m in this fight ’til the river runs dry, the river runs dry.”
Give the misty earworm a spin and keep an eye out for the group’s forthcoming sophomore EP to arrive later this year.