UK indie-rockers Dry the River will release their anticipated sophomore album Alarms in the Hearton August 25th via Transgressive Records/PIAS. As the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Shallow Bed, the new album features a more expansive, bold, and cohesive sound to mark an undeniable step up in both diversity and volume. Earlier today, the band premiered an exclusive First Listen of the album a week before its release on WNYC Soundcheck.
Listen: Dry the River - Alarms in the Heart on WNYC Soundcheck
Soundcheck's Mike Katzif stated "Alarms In The Heart further showcases Dry The River’s skill in building quaint, folk hymnals into a chest-thumping choruses and elegant Baroque pop songs into impassioned cascading showstoppers. Yet even from Liddle's first quavering notes of the opening title track, it’s evident Dry The River has upped the ante on its operatic flourish." Katzif continued, saying "Alarms In The Heart is the sound of a band mastering the art of sweeping climaxes and heartfelt moments as a means to reconnect with real life."
In order to capture the sound they were searching for on the new record, the band decided to isolate themselves in the desolate countryside of Iceland. Last week, they released a special short film about the making of the album via PopMatters. "Recording in Iceland was about shutting ourselves off from our daily lives and our heavy touring schedule to rediscover what Dry the River means to us," said frontman Peter Liddle. "We suspected it would be some kind of otherworldly experience, and it was: beautiful and alien, lonely and taxing but ultimately rewarding."
Watch: Dry the River - Making of Alarms in the Heart documentary:
Alarms in the Heart was produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran), Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand) and Peter Miles (We Are The Ocean, Futures, The King Blues) with arrangements and strings from Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Rós, Björk). The album also features the guest vocal of The Delgados’ Emma Pollock on "Roman Candle."
Paste Magazine premiered the video for second single "Everlasting Light" calling it "artfully shot with bursts of color over a pop-fueled beat." Watch the video HERE.
Dry the River also announced a nationwide US tour for the fall of 2014 with special guest Nathaniel Rateliff following summer appearances at top UK festivals including Glastonbury, Reading, and Leeds and a UK headlining tour in October. BBC caught their performance of "Everlasting Light" atGlastonbury, watch it HERE.
Vevo revealed the first single off the album titled "Gethsemane." Shot at the Rivoli Ballroom in South London, watch the stunning video HERE.
Pre-order for Alarms in the Heart is now available via iTunes and Amazon and includes "Gethsemane" and "Everlasting Light" as instant grat.
10/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
10/22 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
10/24 - Portland, OR @ Dante's
10/25 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
10/26 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
10/29 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
10/30 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
11/01 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
11/02 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
11/04 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
11/05 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live - Upstairs
11/07 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
* all dates feature special guest Nathaniel Rateliff
Alarms in the Heart Track List:
1. Alarms in the Heart
2. Hidden Hand
3. Roman Candle
4. Med School
5. It Was Love That Laid Us Low
7. Everlasting Light
10. Hope Diamond