August 23, 2016
Finger-picked arpeggios fall with the regularity and impersonal melancholy of rain, offset by a vocal delivery that is hesitant not in its phrasing, but in its timbre. The sound of this four-song EP is intimate, extremely close to the listener’s ear, and it is formed from the kind of performative gestures in which the proximity of the musician is most pronounced: this is sound as embodiment, its aesthetics rooted in an erotic of human frailty. Lyrically and melodically it is concerned with the concrete, with particulars, but it is an idea of the concrete that is as ephemeral as smoke and as fragile as eggshells - Calming River’s voice
People send me music faster than I can write about it, so I write about the submissions I like the most. I no longer actively solicit review materials, even if I absolutely love something. If you don't send it to me, I won't review it. If I pay for it, I won't review it. If it isn't (and won't be) available to my readers as a download or physical media, I won't review it. I enjoy listening to, and will review, music in any style whatsoever.
If you have a physical package for your release, contact me for my address, as that's my preference, but if it's a download, just send me the link. When you submit digitally, I need the files on my hard disc: I won't review a stream, and I won't listen to a stream and tell you whether or not to submit. If you want me to consider your release for review, then submit it. Digital submissions need to arrive in a single folder with all of their metadata (ID3 tags) correctly set – track, artist and album names typed as you want me to see them – and with the artwork attached. If the release doesn't archive in my iTunes library as a single album, or I need to type in any of the info myself, I'll just bin it. I don't review music I've paid for, so if you send me a link to a paid download, I'll ignore it. If you don't understand any of this, ask someone before you submit. Don't ask me. I will review your release based on the information you give me (a link to your website is fine), so if you want me to list the correct price, release date, label, catalogue number etc., that's down to you. I make no promises about whether or when I'll review your work, and I won't discuss my decisions about what I do and don't review. I give preferential consideration to physical submissions, but I receive too much music in all formats to make any guarantees. The very best music I receive, and that I can think of the most to say about, will get a feature review, but if I review it at all it still means it's among the cream of the submissions, so don't be disappointed if it's a short write-up in a post with a lot of other releases.