Bill Callahan – Dream River


“The first thing you notice is that Bill Callahan is in no hurry. On “The Sing”, the ballad that opens his warm, weary new album, Dream River, words roll by like cloud formations on a calm day: “Drinking…while sleeping…strangers…unknowingly…keep me company.” And afterwards there’s a pause as the line hovers there, like something hanging above the doorway into the record’s peculiar, intimate universe. In the past, Callahan has compared songwriting to an act of carpentry (“There’s this huge block of silence and you carve little bits out of it by making sound”), but never before has one of his records embodied that feeling so richly. Each line on Dream River forms so slowly and deliberately it’s like we’re watching him whittle it out of oak.” –

RIYL: Richard Buckner, Smog, Cass McCombs

FCC: Clean

Play: 1,2,3,5

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