'Dear River', the fourth studio album from the brilliant Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo is out now.
Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions 'Dear River' is a fascinating exploration of self, place and people which sees Emily Barker 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 and the lush harmonies of her band The Red Clay Halo, 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.'
‘...exquisite...' What Hi-Fi
'...amazing...a classic album...' Maverick Magazine
'...a surfeit of gorgeous tunes.' Hi-Fi Choice
‘Simply great songs.' R2 Rock ‘n' Reel
The Arts Desk
‘A classy lush production.' The Guardian