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LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Import
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Shallow Bed (Acoustic)
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''It's the chambers and the valves that pump the sentiment around,'''' sings Peter Liddle on a song as robust as his falsetto is crumpled and tremulous. His quintet's ardent pastoral folk is indeed heart-pumping stuff and their chambers and valves are in fine fettle on this debut - churning out rich instrumentation, nimble lyrics and emotional gales of choruses. But the sentiment may stick in your craw, not your heart, in that talk of Bible belts, railroads and medicine men rings just a bit hollow when you know they come not from some remote Appalachian cabin but a shared house in Stratford, east London. Released 2012; Tracklist; A1 Animal Skins 2:56 A2 New Ceremony 4:12 A3 Shield Your Eyes 3:40 B1 History Book 4:41 B2 The Chamber & The Valves 3:10 B3 Demons 3:47 B4 Bible Belt 4:45 C1 No Rest 3:08 C2 Shaker Hymns 3:49 C3 Weights & Measures 5:05 D1 Lion's Den 6:44''
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I am not sure what band I would compare Dry the River to, or even what genre I would place them in, as they pretty much stand alone among my collection of artists. In a way, they remind me of Mumford and Sons: angsty, full of ballads, Biblical references; but they are far sadder than Mumford, and possibly darker too, in a way that reminds me of A.A. Bondy.
Every song on this album is impressive enough to stand on its own feet, and I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite track. The upbeat songs such as "New Ceremony", "The Chambers & the Valves", and "Lion's Den" will probably stand out to listeners initially, but then the melancholy genius of the slower-moving songs ("History Book", "Demons", "Bible Belt", "Weights & Measures") will begin to grow on the mind as well. I quite literally cannot stop listening to this album and I listened to it multiple times online before I ever purchased it.
"Shallow Bed" is an utterly enchanting album that will not soon grow old. I only wonder how long it will be before this genius group starts to receive some popular attention.
I saw them here in Pittsburgh two nights ago. I was disappointed in the turn out, maybe 50 people, but the band put on a phenomenal show. This is definitely THE band to watch. There isn't a weak song on this release. Check out their videos on YouTube if you want to hear complete songs before making this purchase. I'll guarantee you will want to purchase this disc/mp3 and you will be absolutely blown away!
Animal Skins - Starts it off right, something you can sing loud with
Shaker Hymns - Brooding song about a Shaker wedding that has a really nice rhythm.
Bible Belt - Really great pick up in the middle "And darling when the ice caps melt and the devil's in the Bible belt"
Lion's Den - Breaks down into a cacophony of noise that you just have to turn up loud
Can't wait for the next album!
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The music: so beautiful it makes you cry
The arrangements: wonderful
This is an amazing first album which hasn't left my CD player since I...Read more