Fourth LP from London-based indie folk outfit Red River Dialect. Tender and sensitive stuff, with atmospheric guitar and string arrangements alongside frontman David Morris’ breathy and honest vocals. Broken Stay Open Sky is their first release on Paradise of Bachelors. Delicate stuff, but it's ok - the vinyl LP comes in a heavy-duty jacket.
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Red River Dialect are at the junction of their fourth album but this is the first time I've set ears on them. The RIYL bit on the front cover mentions all my favourite artists so what could possibly go wrong?
Well nothing much really. Red River Dialect make a tasteful and evocative form of folk-influenced songwriting. Theirs is an organic softly strummed sound of sorrow - something like Tindersticks re-interpreting the Fairport Convention catalogue. Their songs tend to emerge slowly out of gentle acoustic guitar strums which are joined by all manner of tasteful guitar flickers, brushed drums and shards of violin. Over this bedrock comes David Morris's quivering breathy vocals. They are at their best where they slowly unpick their songs allowing Morris's vocals to take root and give space to the narrative. 'Aery Thin' in particular is a lovely piece full emotion and longing.
I'm just finding it all a bit....Bob Harris. I guess seeing Talk Talk and Red House Painters spouted as influences has sent me spiralling in a more out there direction. I do see where they are coming from though - there is the same fractured feel in this as the instruments slowly unfurl. Compositionally though Red River Dialect are a much more traditional and straightforward entity. There's no real surprises in this hearthside folk but comforting nonetheless.
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