CALMING RIVER Dead Bluebottles Supine (Dendron, 2021)* È stata davvero molto lunga e tortuosa la strada che ha condotto Joshua Brain al debutto sulla lunga distanza sotto l’alias Calming River. Eppure, i sei anni trascorsi dall’intenso Ep “The Ones That We Left Behind” non sono stati del tutto silenti, ma anzi costellati di collaborazioni, singoli…

[video of the week] Calming River – Boats

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…

[streaming] Calming River – Portrait Of A Shadow

Underground alt-folk songwriter Joshua Malcolm, aka calming river, has been losing a war against mainstream appeal for several years—occasionally a battle is won and someone recognizes the depth of the murky undercurrent—but typically Malcolm’s work is tossed in the ‘abstract’ category for a rainy day. Intricate fingerstyle guitar, often disconsolate lyrics, constant guitar re-turnings between…

[streaming] Calming River – Haunted pt. I

Alternative, melodic and beautiful are just some of the words used to describe the music of Calming River, the pseudonym of British born songwriter, Joshua Malcolm. Calming River’s previous releases have been widely appreciated by folk circles, a feature in the Unsigned Guide and have received numerous radio plays across Europe and the UK. Calming River…

[video of the week] Calming River – Anniversary

Alternative, melodic and beautiful are just some of the words used to describe the music of Calming River, the pseudonym of British born songwriter, Joshua Malcolm. The name may conjure tranquillity but there has always been a latent, opposing flow of tension and strife to be found—a fragility that emanates within darkened confines. Calming River’s…

[video of the week] Calming River – For The Echoes To See

Delicate, tender and poignant, Calming River returns following his critically acclaimed 2015 EP with the dark and brooding new single, “For The Echoes To See”, released Friday 26th May 2017. Intricate fingerpicking, numerous tunings and contemplative lyrics create an intimate and beautiful aesthetic showcasing the British-born, Denmark-based songwriter at the peak of his powers. The…

rearview mirror: 2015

Per il quarto anno consecutivo, tanti quanti quelli di autonoma attività di Music Won’t Save You, ci si ritrova al tradizionale resoconto ricostruttivo degli ultimi dodici mesi di produzioni musicali, seguite anche nel 2015 attraverso una mole mai così ingente di recensioni (circa 600!), streaming media, interviste e articoli. Chi segue queste pagine, curate per…

CALMING RIVER – The Ones That We Left Behind E.P. (Self Released, 2015) La denominazione Calming River dice già molto del contenuto musicale del progetto del danese Joshua Brain: un fluire calmo, ininterrotto, dai contorni sottilmente malinconici caratterizza infatti i suoi brani, tuttavia niente affatto dimessi o monocordi, anzi incentrati su intricate filigrane acustiche e…