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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 Res", 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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this is a fantastic album with not a bad track on it.. It's the most self assured debut i've heard for a long time. they've copped some stick in the press for singing about biblical themes and having an americana vibe while being from london but judgement should be on their music not on how big their beards are or weather they wrote the album holed up in the appalachians! they're fantastic live too. i can't recommend this enough. if you like arcade fire, iron and wine or the national you'll probably get a kick out of this. Arguably the weakest tune -and by weakest i mean the least immediate-is the opener - animal, if you're previewing make sure you listen to the others too


This fantastic album has been a long time coming! Dry the River are an awesome bunch of talented guys. I've seen them 5 times so far and I rate them massively! The first time I saw them at Glastonbury 2011 I shed tears of emotion and happiness! Can't wait to see them again :) MASSIVE love to these boys xx

Quite brilliant...

Quite a latecomer to the band. Saw them live before and they were beautiful. Can't recommend strongly enough...


Formed: London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Based out of East London, Dry the River -- who have drawn comparisons to Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, and Noah and the Whale -- was formed as a solo vehicle for Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Peter Liddle, who described the band's sound as "folky gospel music played by a post-punk band." Liddle, who draws much of his lyrical inspiration from medicine and anthropology, the two subjects that were the focus of his time at University, eventually recruited Matt Taylor (guitar), Scott Miller (bass),...
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