Pared back and simple at the same time as being impressively complex and intricate, the music of Calming River walks a fine balance. Built around the foundation of some excellent finger picked acoustic guitar, his songs are infused with style and feeling from the get go – and that’s without even mentioning the relatable and very real lyrics.
New EP ‘The Ones We Left Behind’ shares many tropes with the work of Damien Rice – particularly a dark atmosphere which is rescued from becoming maudlin through sheer talent. Yes, the subject matter isn’t the happiest, but that doesn’t matter because all you can hear is the marriage of acoustic guitar and vocal. That pairing is a timeless one, passed down through the ages, and this EP is a timely reminder of why.