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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 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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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

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!


So only purchasing "Shaker Hymns" and "New Ceremony" a few days ago, I decided to buy the whole album because I liked it so much. I can already tell this is one of those albums that will stay with me forever. I respectfully feel that this album is one of the best albums of all time.
Wish I coullda seen you guys at Lollapalooza! -Cheers


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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