Thanks for listening. It's appreciated.
Calming River is the brainchild of songwriter Joshua Malcolm, whose melancholic alt-folk style is slowly turning heads within the UK and beyond.
In recent years Malcolm has teamed with Aarhus-based produced Rasmus Nielsen to deliver a number of singles: 'Anniversary', 'Portrait of a Shadow', 'Haunted pt. I', 'Haunted pt. II', 'For the Echoes to See'. These can all be found via Dendron Records (Copenhagen, Denmark).
In 2020 single 'Feather by Feather' was released as part of a fundraising initiative by Canadian songwriter Shawn Clark.
In late 2020, single 'Boats' was announced as the first single lifted from debut album 'Dead Bluebottles Supine' (an Orwellian reference), due spring 2021. In March 2021 two further tracks were released as a Double-A single, namely Jejune (featuring pianist Tom Neill) and For Edward (feat. Own Road on vocals).
RECENT APPEARANCES (selected):
Green Note (London, 2019)
Folked Up! (London, 2019)
Slaughtered Lamb (London, 2019)
Melodica (Reykjavik, Iceland, 2018)
Worcester Music Festival (UK, 2018)
Fanø Folk Festival (Fanø, Denmark, 2018)
Spice of Life (London, 2018)
Moth Club (London, 2018)
Scaledown (London, 2018)
The Centre and The Circle (London, 2018)
Gladstone Arms (London, 2018)
Folking Around (London, 2018)
The Lucky Pig (London, 2018)
Radar(Aarhus, Denmark, 2017)
Cristiania (Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017)
Melodica (Nottingham, UK, 2017)
Rosemount Hotel (Perth, Australia, 2017)
A dissonance reverberates throughout like a calm river – tranquil, but with an opposing dormant force that rests with a somnolent fever.
Sound of Aarhus:
IF you like alternative music such as Sun Kil Moon, Jose Gonzales or Bon Iver, you’re attention is needed here.
Nordic Music Review:
This is an artist we have not given enough attention to over the last 3 years. Sometimes so much is thrown in our direction that we don't have time to stop, think and appreciate, and 'Calming River' is a songwriter that you just need to find that quiet 10 minutes to consider and enjoy.
Captivating and possessing significant emotional heft.
We Love That Sound:
He plays guitar so incredibly well.
Indeed calming and indubitably enchanting.
Calming River’s tracks