After ‘Waves Of Sad-Joy,’ Red River Dialect’s ‘Kukkuripa’ Radiates Light : All Songs Considered : NPR

After ‘Waves Of Sad-Joy,’ Red River Dialect’s ‘Kukkuripa’ Radiates Light

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Almost always there is a hint of sorrow to Red River Dialect, a sense of unworthiness when confronted with splendor, an existential bleating set to lushly orchestrated folk music. David Morris leads the London-based band (which has roots in Cornwall), and its own last album, Tender Gold And Soft Blue, ushered in a quietude befitting the title – it was a personal favorite of that year.

While touring with Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg in the U.K., Morris says he discovered a new energy after “waves of sad-happiness”: “I was learning how to feel perky and how to ride on the wind; the one that is named lungta in Tibetan (and is also a horse),” Morris writes in a press release. “I looked for this energy in chords, rhythms and words.”


Broken Stay Open Sky, due on February, is the result, and its own first single currently feels like a burden lifted – or at least seen and comprehended from another angle. Named for the mahasiddha who embodied compassion by steadfastly feeding and looking after a dog – whilst tempted by heavenly pleasures – the band stretches out a rhapsodic melody just like a ribbon chasing the wind, the fabric undulating over a thumping drone of violin and low-lying guitars. “Kukkuripa” radiates a beaming light through Red River Dialect’s sensitive ornamentation – you can nearly hear a smile at the edges of David Morris’ Cornish quiver as he sings, “I find Kukkuripa in the pixels you show / And I find your heart and soul / You drive through the snow / Mindful yet bold.”

Broken Stay Open Sky comes away Feb. 2 via Paradise Of Bachelors (physical, digital).

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