Tender Gold & Gentle Blue

Album Review of Tender Gold & Gentle Blue by Red River Dialect.

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Tender Gold & Gentle Blue

Red River Dialect

Tender Gold & Gentle Blue by Red River Dialect

Release Date: Jul 31, 2015
Record label: Hinterground Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Folk

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Tender Gold & Gentle Blue - Average, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

While 2012's Awellupontheway was distinctly a rock album, garnering enthusiastic comparisons to bands like the Waterboys and Fairport Convention, the follow-up LP from Cornwall's Red River Dialect is something much more fragile. The songs on Tender Gold & Gentle Blue were initially written as a personal coping method for bandleader David Morris after the sudden death of his father. These acoustic meditations on loss weren't really intended for the band, nor even for release, but in a poignant show of solidarity, Morris' musical family closed ranks around their friend and tempered their talents to match the mood of this quiet, introspective set.

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Drowned In Sound - 40
Based on rating 4/10
40

Though thought of with a passing ambivalence by the much of the nation, Cornwall is home to a rich undercurrent of creative life. With such an inspiring landscape and a cultural heritage, how could it not be? Hailing from Falmouth, Red River Dialect's principal songwriter David Morris and his psych-folk entourage have built something of a cult following, with Tender Gold & Gentle Blue marking the culmination of a hugely successful Pledge Music fund raiser. While technically their third album, this is the second time Red River Dialect have recorded as a five piece, with the band originally forming as an acoustic duo.

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Dusted Magazine
Their review was positive

Red River Dialect — Tender Gold and Gentle Blue (Hinterground)<a href="http://redriverdialect. bandcamp. com/album/tender-gold-and-gentle-blue">Tender Gold and Gentle Blue by Red River Dialect</a>Cornish folk artist David Morris, who records as Red River Dialect, has tamped his wild organic sound down for Tender Gold and Gentle Blue, leaving behind the headlong psychedelic free-for-alls of awellupontheway that caused me to remark at the old site, “Morris’s songs, eight of them here, take the lilt and roll of British sea chanties and blow them into amplified, feedback-droning, violin squalling anthems.

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