'Dear River' is the much-anticipated fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo. It is a compelling song cycle and an unmistakable watershed in Emily's rapidly burgeoning career.
The pressing is on 180 gram vinyl and is manufactured by the prestigious Pallas firm in Germany, which is highly regarded by vinyl lovers everywhere.
Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions 'Dear River' is a fascinating exploration of self, place and people which sees Emily blend her own story into the wider joys and sorrows gleaned from her rigorous researches into others' experiences of travel and emigration. With producer Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile) at the helm, the result is a beautiful, sensitive, provocative and at times surprising album.
'I'm so happy with this album.' says Emily, barely containing her excitement, 'The whole concept means so much to me and although the songs are quite personal, they also feel like they could be other people's stories - it's the best recording we've done.'
4 stars'...a surfeit of gorgeous tunes.' Hi-Fi Choice
'...simply great songs performed by a breathtaking singer.' Rock'n'Reel
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
1. Dear River
4. The Leaving
6. Sleeping Horses
7. Ghost Narrative
8. A Spadeful of Ground
9. The Cormorant and the Heron
10. In the Winter I Returned
11. The Blackwood
Total playing time 38 minutes