Arguably one of the most simple genres, acoustic folk is perhaps one of the most difficult to get right. Maybe it’s because any old fool can pick up a guitar and strum a few chords. However, real artistry in this genre is difficult to come by and it takes work and true talent to stand out from the crowd.
The new EP from Calming River is another example as to why this is one artist who stands out from the crowd. Recorded in Denmark, the EP comprises four tracks, each of which has something to recmommend it. Speaking generally, Calming River specialises in taking well considered lyrics and putting them to lovely, intricate finger picked acoustic chords. This in itself sets him apart from the rent-a strum crowd, but the fact that he utilises a full range of emotions, structures and tempos to deliver these qualities makes the argument even stronger.