The debut album from London-based Dry The River has quickly gathered pace and is fast becoming one of the most well received albums of 2012. Like fellow Londoners Mumford & Sons, Dry The River have produced an acoustic-driven folk rock sound which transcends the genre, and in Shallow Bed, has brought the pastoral into the present.
The lighter tracks of the album, including “History Book”,”Bible Belt”, and “Shaker Hymns” feature a more stripped-down sound at times reminiscent of Iron & Wine and bring to the forefront the haunting vocals of frontman Peter Liddle.
The album also features its share of more uptempo tracks, including “Animal Skins” and the album’s first single, “New Ceremony”.
Shallow Bed is quality folk rock throughout its eleven tracks. The lyrics are consistently poignant without being contrived, and the production quality is without fault. It may only be June, but Shallow Bed has quickly become one of my personal favourites of 2012.