dear riverReleased: 2013

Tales of travels, woes and home embrace you in a blanket of folk whilst emotional lyrics rupture over the top.

Dear River is the forth album from Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo due for release on the 8th of July.  Emily’s vocals resonate beautifully over a wash of acoustic triumph which invokes both classical, country and indie styles. The previous three albums have all been self-financed, but now the band have signed to Linn Records and Emily has said that she is very happy with the new album and the direction it’s taking them in. Having previously toured with Frank Turner and due to play at the Cambridge Folk Festival this summer, they’ve already gathered a UK following.

Lyrically the album is riddled with tales of travel and coming home; each song highlights strength and fragility in Emily’s vocals. The album starts with Dear River, the first single from the album, embracing a simplistic blues feel with raw vocals lathered on top. Ghost Narrative is my favourite song on the album – country guitar, harmonicas and violins contrast with spooky vocals creating a moving country ballad. The album ends on a high with The Blackwood, a song that starts in acapella highlighting how touching Emily’s voice is and then soft strums slide in after a few bars keeping it all very mellow. A beautiful album and a perfect listen for a hot summers day in a field or on the beach.

With Dear River being released on the 8th July, Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo are going to embark on a full UK tour later this year.

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