Review #17: Dry The River – Alarms in the Heart

Artist – Dry The River
Album – Alarms in the Heart (2014)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/3Pt5JPNc0cwPZYE27UHQ9j

Dry the river formed in 2009, comprised of the 4 members Peter Liddle (guitar, tenor horn, lead vocals), Matthew Taylor (guitar, keys, vocals), Scott Miller (bass, percussion, vocals) and Jon Warren (drums, percussion). The band have gone on to play numerous important festivals on the back of their debut album ‘Shallow Bed’, including Leeds + Reading, iTunes Festival and Glastonbury. Dry The River now release their second full album ‘Alarms in the Heart’.

Alarms in the Heart isn’t really a departure in tone or style from Dry The Rivers previous release, but more a further selection of similar nice soft tracks and the occasional energetic moments to build excitement, which have become the bands style. The song which stands out for me is ‘Roman Candle’ which includes guest vocals from singer Emma Pollock, both vocals complimenting each other beautifully. Guitars, bass and drums aren’t doing much to push any boarders, but are playing their parts perfectly well, with some often enjoyable melodies from the guitars. This band do a great job of playing dynamically, throughout the album raising the power, volume and inclusion of different instruments to change the mood from peaceful to haunting to exciting within minutes.

Alarms in the Heart is a nice album with some stand out songs and performances. As mentioned, it doesn’t do anything different within its genre or from the last album, but if that’s what Dry The River want to write and thats what their audience enjoy, then good on them.

6/10

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