13 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The sound of Dry the River is somewhere between the cloister and the pub, combining a soberly spiritual air with a boisterous folk-rock spirit. The British quintet’s debut, Shallow Bed, invites comparisons to Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes, as well as such ‘60s baroque-pop units as The Left Banke. Lead singer Peter Liddle’s choirboy-like tones lend him a melancholy charisma as he freely mixes religious imagery with intimations of childhood traumas and romantic disappointments. Tracks like “Weights & Measures,” “No Rest," and “New Ceremony” underscore a delicate sense of angst with stately strings, orchestral drumming, and guitar textures that veer from the genteel to the searing. The nostalgic glow of “Shaker Hymns” finds an effective contrast in the rumbling tribal groove of “Animal Skins.” Puncturing the album’s gothic moodiness are flashes of defiant optimism, heard in otherwise dark-tinged songs like “Bible Belt” and “Demons.” Liddle and company wrap things up with “Lion’s Den.” It builds from softly mournful strains to a grandiose symphonic finale, à la Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The sound of Dry the River is somewhere between the cloister and the pub, combining a soberly spiritual air with a boisterous folk-rock spirit. The British quintet’s debut, Shallow Bed, invites comparisons to Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes, as well as such ‘60s baroque-pop units as The Left Banke. Lead singer Peter Liddle’s choirboy-like tones lend him a melancholy charisma as he freely mixes religious imagery with intimations of childhood traumas and romantic disappointments. Tracks like “Weights & Measures,” “No Rest," and “New Ceremony” underscore a delicate sense of angst with stately strings, orchestral drumming, and guitar textures that veer from the genteel to the searing. The nostalgic glow of “Shaker Hymns” finds an effective contrast in the rumbling tribal groove of “Animal Skins.” Puncturing the album’s gothic moodiness are flashes of defiant optimism, heard in otherwise dark-tinged songs like “Bible Belt” and “Demons.” Liddle and company wrap things up with “Lion’s Den.” It builds from softly mournful strains to a grandiose symphonic finale, à la Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

c rue ,

love love love

i've never been so excited for an album to be released. you will love it. worth the money. dry the river has a great sound. love it!! can't wait for more albums to come

Georgia Hipster ,

Great Album!!!

This album is fantastic! Very creative sound with stirring lyrics. If you enjoy good music, it's worth buying. Kinda sounds like a magical combo of Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, Muse, and Coldplay. They do have their own sound though!

GWade ,

Gorgeous

Stunning and beautiful debut. I haven't been this excited about a young band in quite awhile. Every track is brilliant. Discover them now because they will be going BIG.

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