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Songs of Water / Press

“Songs of Water has a different kind of edge – a modernist, composer’s intelligence – which it applies to worldly, folky and classical textures. “We’re playful experimentalists,” says band member Stephen Roach, and from what I’ve heard, I’ll be a very willing subject. They use percussion with incredible taste and force. Strings, dulcimer and a variety of surprising instruments make rich and fascinating soundscape.”

“When Roach sings, his voice is very soothing and often accompanied by a harmonious blend of backing vocals, giving them a Nickel Creek vibe vocally. Lyrically, the writing tends to have a personal, spiritual, uplifting aura without feeling excessively sanctuary bound.”

“If you love the conventional in music, then this following set of XXQ’s is not for you. If you love your music to always have the same time signature, to flow the same way, to unfold in a predictable manner… you might as well stop reading. The Greensboro, North Carolina ensemble, Songs of Water stand by their moniker – their music is always flowing, always changing”

“I find myself being very impressed by this album and would like to compliment the eight players and various songwriters. Hauntingly beautiful.”

“Songs of Water’s musical range, not only instrumentally but vocally as well, is an elaborate production of many skilled musicians. If Hollywood decides to revisit Last of the Mohican’s or another similar tale as they look for more stories they can just reshoot in IMAX 3D, I fully expect SoW to be the featured sound-track artist as Linkin Park was to Transformers. Songs of Water is not something to miss. ”

“The band’s music feels primitive but forward-thinking, exotic yet familiar; it creates a complete narrative in the listener’s mind with rarely a word sung. Essentially, their music is transportive.”

“Although listeners will hear more than 30 instruments on the new album — from dun duns to doumbeks — the songs still ring familiar. Traditional sounds from the hammered dulcimer, banjo, and acoustic guitar reflect North Carolina’s musical roots. All the musicians credit their North Carolina heritage for influencing their music.”

"Had Songs of Water in for an interview on my show again and I want to have them come back yet again. Songs of Water is the type of band that reminds me why I love this business!" Divakar 106.5 FM The End

Divakar - 106.5 FM The End

“The whole record ebbs and flows with graceful gestures, sweeping strokes of light and dark, complex layering and effortless playing... the collection as a whole is so engaging that, surely, to see the musicians in action would only add to the experience.”

“No matter what your flavor of folk or world music, I think you’ll probably find something on the new Songs Of Water disc that you’ll like. I know that I certainly did.”

“Just two months into the year, we're ready to declare that Songs Of Water's The Sea Has Spoken is one of the most finely crafted (mostly) instrumental albums for the year.”

"Songs Of Water’s forthcoming sophomore album, The Sea Has Spoken, is one of the most vibrant musical works I have heard in the last three years."