On December 4th UK alt-folk songwriter Calming River returns with “Boats”, the harrowing first single to be taken from forthcoming debut album ‘Dead Bluebottles Supine’ (due February 2021).
‘Boats’ wonderfully captures the enigmatic songwriting style of Calming River: dextrous finger-picked guitar, shifting song structures and juxtaposed instrumentation, that all combine with significant emotional heft to shatter the often-hollow stereotype of the ‘singer-songwriter’. The track meanders through the darker ravines of human emotion, finding unsafe ground over a constant flow of loss, anxiety and confusion. Windsor-based (UK) videographer and director Matthew Fleming captures the mood with cinematic aplomb.
Prior to ‘Boats’, the artist has released a collection of singles and EPs in recent years, receiving artistic praise from numerous media outlets, especially in the Nordic region, where he lived until as recently as 2018, prior moving to London.