Artist: Rivers of England
Title Of Album: Of Trivial and Gargantuan
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Songs & Whispers
Genre: Alternative, Indie, Folk
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 45:50 min
Total Size: 105 MB
01. Where to begin
02. Train coming
03. Spinning planets
04. To feel alive
05. The meadow sways
06. Before the moment passes
09. Bailbrook Lane
10. The artist and the scientist
11. Selfless people
12. Billions of stars
The fresh, folk-inspired sound of Bath’s Rivers of England has already come to the attention of BBC Radio’s ‘introducing…’ show, and also the Glastonbury Festival’s ‘Emerging Talent’ competition who have both heaped praised upon the band for their subtle and gently nuanced songs and musicianship.
Lead by singer and songwriter Rob Spalding, whose soft English croon and regular allusions to nature suite these pastoral, thoughtful acoustic laments perfectly. All of these songs are laced with ethereal drifts of cello double bass and organ, and accompanied by Cajon and homemade percussion to create an almost soothing, sun-bathed backdrop.
Among the highlights here, ‘To Feel Alive’ is a beautifully lilting, free-flowing breeze of a song, with jazz inflections via the bass and organ motifs. ‘Before the Moment Passes’s gentle longing and melancholy are beautifully expressed, while melodically and vocally possessing a hint of Chris Martin about it, minus the empty bombast. Elsewhere, the thoughtful ‘The Artist and the Scientist’ lives up to the understandable Nick Drake and John Martyn references.
‘Of Trivial and Gargantuan’ is a strong and accomplished debut that gently drifts its unhurried way into the psyche, and its tender, sweet sounds seem to have arrived perfectly timed for the summer festival season
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