If I Were a River

by Sandtimer

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First track being released by Sandtimer on Folkstock Records as part of a double A side release officially out on 16th July.
Available now from here - on itunes etc on 16th July
Come along to The Willow Tree, Winchester for the single launch gig!
Having a piano composition played on BBC Radio 2 after an ad hoc submission would be a great start to any musician’s career. Piano was then Hampshire-based composer and musician Rob Sword’s main instrument, but he had simultaneously been experimenting with the sanshin, a three stringed Okinawan instrument which he had discovered during nine months’ work and travel in Japan. After Rob discovered the alternate guitar tunings of artists such as Beck and Nick Drake, he was inspired to apply his self-taught sanshin technique to the guitar and soon found a new compositional voice and a vehicle for his songwriting.

After graduating from university, Rob joined an 8-piece folk ensemble to which he also enlisted his girlfriend Rachel Thomas and her younger brother Simon as singers. Simon demonstrated great talent to Rob as a vocalist and guitarist and, after performing in the band together for some time, the pair started collaborating on some of their own songs, distilling the music into simple guitar-based arrangements that were inspired by the sparse textures of early Appalachian folk. During a period of travel around India in early 2014, Rob resolved to focus more intently on this new collaboration and, after returning, organised a number of performances and recordings for the duo under the moniker 'Sandtimer'. Rachel also contributed backing vocals to a number of their songs.

Folkstock Records have been in dialogue with Rob and Simon for some time and are proud to be releasing this snapshot of their beautiful acoustic harmonies with this double A side release, If I Were A River / Cold Shoulder.

lyrics

If I were a river I'd run just where I'd like,

take all my friends and family so easy on the tide

and I'd just lie in the middle, a brilliant blue,

and I would never let you go and you'd start running too.


If I were a river I'd run just where I'd like,

take all my friends and family so easy on the tide

and we'd float down to the ocean, limitlessly free

until the sun would draw us up together on the breeze.


If I were a river I'd run just where I'd like,

take all my friends and family so easy on the tide

and I'd just lie in the middle, a brilliant blue

and I would never let you go and you'd start running too.

and we'd float down to the ocean, limitlessly free

until the sun would draw us up together on the breeze.

credits

released July 3, 2015
If I Were A River
Simon Thomas: Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Robert Sword: Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Rachel Thomas: Vocals

Written by: Robert Sword
Produced by Robert Sword and Simon Thomas
Mixed by Giles Thomas (no relation!)
Mastered by Terry Waker at Tonalex Mastering (www.tonalexonlinemastering.co.uk)

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Most engineering, mixing and mastering by Lauren Deakin Davies.
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