Following the release of their debut album ‘I Found You Here’ in 2015, Boat to Row have found themselves overcoming many different obstacles record their second album. From line up changes and corrupted hard drives, to losing their practice space when the legendary Highbury Studios closed, the creative flow has not been easily followed.
Despite all of this, ‘Rivers That Flow in Circles’ is an album that sees the band pushing their horizons. Self-produced and recorded in a variety of rehearsal rooms, bedrooms and kitchens, the record showcases the bands most ambitious songs yet. Drawing on band members both past and present, as well as many other musicians from the Birmingham scene, this is an album which works from a diverse musical pallet.
The first single from the record, ‘Spanish Moss’ is a fantastic example of the band’s growth as African percussion meets wirey electric guitars over the top of a hypnotic bass line. Just as the song reaches a crescendo it dissolves into a spacious instrumental, where a soaring violin twists and turns over a sea of guitars and synthesisers. Freeing themselves from the constraints of hourly studio rates has been a gift which has allowed the band to turn in an album that is more adventurous and expansive than its predecessor.
Boat to Row have previously been supported by BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 and many local stations, and received glowing reviews from websites as diverse as DIY, The 405, Counteract, Folk Radio UK and Gold Flake Paint. They have toured extensively appearing with acts including Slow Club, Johnny Flynn, Willy Mason, Ryley Walker, Kate Rusby, Sweet Baboo and graced stages at many of the country’s favourite festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk, Green Man, Truck, Wood, Moseley Folk, Y Not and No Direction Home.