Review: Dry the River - Shallow Bed
This intelligent alt rock performance is displayed on tracks like New Ceremony and Lion's Den which in their soothing indie rock melodies played out through battered out power chords from guitarist Matt Taylor and whumping basslines from Scott Miller put into accompaniment with violin strokes from Will Harvey (A sure sign of their artful nature - there's a full time member for strings!!!) and the delicate intimate crooning from frontman Peter Liddle is effective in giving these songs and the whole album a much more awe-inspiring atmosphere at a more grandiose scale making the songs that bit more epic in their playing. In this sense, the buildup is used as a powerful tool in Dry the River's music, as tracks like Lion's Den, the depression inspired Demons and the wondrous closer Family all make use of turning their peaceful acoustic led indie folk songs into massive orchestral climaxes.
So, does it all work? Well without any question of a doubt the skill in songwriting and crafting songs is stellar on Shallow Bed but there's no way it could be said that it's an album that really leaves a lasting impression. The album comes with the ability to switch between gripping and more testing to listen to and the constant climaxes feel more like a way to stop listeners from getting fed up. But, much of Dry the River's music manages to be very touching and achieves the emotional impact they're looking for. Anyway, I'm sure tracks from the album will become permanent fixtures on Absolute Radio and they'll win big at the Mercury Music Awards. Good for them I say.
Dry the River's Shallow Bed is out now via RCA Records. The band will tour the UK from April-May.