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Calming River

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  1. 1.
    Anniversary
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    For the Echoes to See
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    The Actress pt. II
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    Portrait of a Shadow
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    The Ember
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BIO:
Underground alt-folk fingerpicker Joshua Malcolm, aka Calming River, has been losing a war against mainstream appeal for several years—occasionally a battle is won and someone recognises the depth of the murky undercurrent but typically Malcolm’s work is tossed in the 'abstract’ category for another day. Intricate guitar playing, often disconsolate lyrics and frequent tuning changes don’t generally cut through the shadows. Or do they?
Malcolm spent several years in Scandinavia prior to uprooting to the UK in 2018. His travels developed his style and enabled valued collaborations: time in Denmark saw productive partnership with Aarhus-based producer Rasmus Nielsen and Copenhagen-based Spanish DJ Alvaro Suarez, whose juxtaposed blend of distorted guitar and sorrowing violin flow with Malcolm’s classically-tinged folk guitar style.
Recent singles, festival performances (e.g., Denmark’s Fanø Folk Festival) and press (e.g., Unsigned Guide, numerous Nordic blogs) have evidenced a growing appreciation for the songwriter.
Most recent release was the sombre Portrait of a Shadow, released via Dendron Records (Copenhagen).

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