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We’ve been admirers of Red River Dialect for some time now; few other artists captivate with such quiet gravity. In 2015, we helped distribute their last album Tender Gold and Gentle Blue (which you can download for free with preorders today), so we are thrilled to announce their masterful new record. Today NPR Music is premiering lead single “Kukkuripa,” about which Lars Gotrich writes: “‘Kukkuripa’ radiates a beaming light… [it] feels like a burden lifted. The band stretches out a rhapsodic melody like a ribbon chasing the wind.”



Broken Stay Open Sky is the fourth full-length album by Red River Dialect, and their first for Paradise of Bachelors. The London-based band (with Cornish roots) brings a windswept energy and daylight to a contemplative, gorgeously rendered suite of songs about inhabiting the landscape, and our bodies, in joy and pain alike. Informed by songwriter David Morris’s spiritual practice, and recorded largely live in the studio, this is the band’s most ambitious and emotionally affecting work to date: atmospheric but deeply rooted, equally concerned with investigating the concrete and the cosmic, both quiet details of the everyday and looming matters of faith.

You can read David’s moving testimony about how these recordings came to be, and what a “broken stay” is, here. And you can read more about the band here.

Contingent on manufacturing schedules, we will ship your pre-ordered album approximately a week in advance of the February 2, 2018 worldwide release date. All pre-orders include an immediate 320k MP3 download of lead single “Kukkuripa,” as premiered by NPR Music’s All Songs Considered, as well as free MP3 downloads of Red River Dialect’s three previous full-band albums: the Bowing for the Rook EP (2017), Tender Gold and Gentle Blue (2015, PoBDistro-07), and “awellupontheway” (2012). Pre-order customers will also be entered into a drawing for one of five remaining copies of the scarce LP edition of Tender Gold and Gentle Blue.

For digital-only preorders, please visit Bandcamp (which also offers uncompressed, high-resolution audio files) or your favorite digital marketplace.


Photo by Hannah Rose Whittle.



“So damn pretty … Always but a squall away from breaking apart.” – NPR Music 

“Fuses folk-rock’s past with its future. Red River Dialect is a language open to all.” – The Quietus 

“Brave and different.” – Uncut 

“Evocative songs of Cornish coastal contemplation.” – MOJO

“Strangely life-affirming sorrow … a tribute to the power of healing and reconciliation.” – AllMusic 

RIYL Talk Talk, Tindersticks, Tim Hardin, Fairport Convention, Red House Painters, Mighty Baby, Michael Chapman, James Elkington, Steve Gunn, The Weather Station, Nathan Salsburg, Joan Shelley.


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