10 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While British outfits making rock music flavored with Americana and folk aren't such a rarity, finding a group whose sound is robust, expansive, and deeply satisfying is cause for excitement. Dry the River’s second album is even more richly textured than their first, and the hymnal aspect of their music is more at play on Alarms in the Heart. Peter Liddle’s quivering voice soars like a blend of Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold and Will Oldham, but Liddle effortlessly takes it to the rafters when the group’s keening guitars and muscular drumming starts racing like a herd of wild horses. Dry the River are no stranger to drama, and they could teach a course on the beauty of the “slow burn.” Songs like the thrilling “Gethsemane,” the stadium-sized “Everlasting Light” (a tune with the heft of Doves or The Airborne Toxic Event), and the heartbreakingly lovely “Vessel”—with its faint shadows of Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah”—could serve as classroom curricula for the course. Ripe with religious references and lyrical poetry, it’s fitting that Alarms in the Heart was recorded in Iceland, a place of quiet, volcanic beauty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While British outfits making rock music flavored with Americana and folk aren't such a rarity, finding a group whose sound is robust, expansive, and deeply satisfying is cause for excitement. Dry the River’s second album is even more richly textured than their first, and the hymnal aspect of their music is more at play on Alarms in the Heart. Peter Liddle’s quivering voice soars like a blend of Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold and Will Oldham, but Liddle effortlessly takes it to the rafters when the group’s keening guitars and muscular drumming starts racing like a herd of wild horses. Dry the River are no stranger to drama, and they could teach a course on the beauty of the “slow burn.” Songs like the thrilling “Gethsemane,” the stadium-sized “Everlasting Light” (a tune with the heft of Doves or The Airborne Toxic Event), and the heartbreakingly lovely “Vessel”—with its faint shadows of Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah”—could serve as classroom curricula for the course. Ripe with religious references and lyrical poetry, it’s fitting that Alarms in the Heart was recorded in Iceland, a place of quiet, volcanic beauty.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Alex Tedford ,

Stunning.

I've been an enormous fan of Dry the River ever since Shallow Bed and I have extremely high expectations for their sophomore record. My expectations were met when they released the first single of the album, Gethsemane. It's everything I could have hoped for. Their second single, Everlasting Light was not exceedingly great, so I'm praying that the rest of the record goes in the direction that Gethsemane is going in. Incredible excited for the release.

Cloudykawata ,

Astounding!

I've been following Dry the River for a while now. I can honestly say that they are one of my favorite bands yet! I've been excited for this new album. I can honestly say "it did not disappoint!"

Thadroll ,

How could anyone have known?

This is the best surprise of the day.

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