Hailing from England are the Rivers of England with a track “Late Night, Heavy Rain, Waiting for a Train” from their latest EP titled About Hope. Featuring an upright bass track which is a skill too few musicians while a singer-songwriter who carries an acoustic guitar and croons over a topic easily to relate to for a city dweller like myself who frequently rides the trains around the city. I’d possibly describe the vocal timbre as being similar to another songwriter Dave Matthews. Lyrically the song is relatable for myself personally as well because I am taking a leap of faith in the states and crossing from Los Angeles to NYC only a year-ish after I made the trek west to see what was possible in Hollywood only to decide to return to closer to family and home. Taking a risk is an important piece of living a full and fulfilling life and I hope you can draw some inspiration from this song and that you check out the whole EP About Hope.
“Late Night, Heavy Rain, Waiting for a Train” is taken from the EP “About Hope” by Rivers of England (30.11.2018).
late night, heavy rain, waiting for a train’ is partly inspired by John Martyn’s ‘Man at the station’ and the remote railway station ‘Castle Cary’ in the middle of the Somerset countryside that connects people to Glastonbury Festival. It seeks to encourage people to take risks.
The EP was recorded live (with only minor overdubs) and the idea behind this EP is to achieve a real live sound that contains imperfections, rather than a studio sound that is overproduced and less emotive. The new original songs were written since an enforced hiatus for the band following the tragic death of Rob’s baby son Joe (the 4th track ‘an endless flow’ is in memory of
Joe). Despite the tragedy, the feel of the EP is not mournful but reflects a new positive perspective (Rob and Lou have since had another son, Jasper) and is as the title suggests – about hope.