‘For The Echoes To See’ is out on May 26th.
Sunday’s can be a day of feeling rather fragile after over indulging for a weekend. Which makes the atmospheric and low key alt folk of Denmark’s Calming River extremely appealing today.
The singer-songwriter’s latest track is a delicate and considered track. Melancholic but hopeful, the song is mainly based around a finger picked acoustic guitar pattern. This simple approach is complemented by a subtle string arrangement and some ethereal guitar fuzz.
Reminiscent in tone of some of the more restrained and thoughtful work from R.E.M.’s under rated 1998 album Up, it is a song that seems to be extremely urban. Which is reflected in the theme of the track which focuses on how many people feel unable to live up to the expectations of the modern world.
Songwriter Joshua Malcolm explains, “The ethos of my work is to create challenging, artistic and meaningful work. On one level the music is deceptively simple—an acoustic guitar and vocal. But when analysed on another level, there is a distinguished complexity in the technical guitar playing, alternative song structures and reflective lyrics. My music is aimed to oppose an overly-produced and formulaic tide that washes many shores.”
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