Single review: Acadian Driftwood – Rain Falling In
Artist – Acadian Driftwood
Single – Rain Falling In
Release date – 5th July 2017
Reviewer – Denis Parkinson
Rain Falling In is a single release by Acadian Driftwood, a three piece band based in Liverpool. They have been described as two southerner’s marooned in Liverpool’s Delta with a woollyback Macca lovechild. As a quote for a record sleeve that will take some beating. Formed in early 2016 they have been playing live and writing songs. This single release follows the Working Title EP from October 2016.
On first listen there is a clear Americana influence in play but this isn’t a song trying to be something it’s not. This is a laid back sound with melody and subtlety. It sounds genuine. The playing is confident but not overplayed. Beginning with a gently strummed acoustic guitar and haunting reverb rich vocal the song meanders gently like a river running through the deep south of America. Slide guitar is used with effect but doesn’t dominate. Percussion is unhurried and chilled. At just under three minutes this an effective snapshot of a band enjoying their music. The melody is catchy and there is a strong emotional feeling in the delivery. There are also influences closer to home as Rain Falling In is reminiscent of the excellent early Starsailor in feel and quality.
Lyrically the song is working with broad strokes rather than a tight narrative allowing the atmosphere to build. It is a positive approach that allows the listener to drift with the song and construct their own interpretation. However that is not to say that there is a lack of depth. One of the most striking lines is “Feel like Bloody Mary, lecturing on sin”. Hypocrisy described through history. It’s a great line. It paints a picture.
In summary Rain Falling In is well worth a listen. Intelligent, tuneful music with atmosphere and quality. It will make you want to hear more of Acadian Driftwood and that is the whole point of a single; to draw you in.
Denis Parkinson is a singer songwriter based in Liverpool. He performed at Liverpool Acoustic Festival 2016 and Threshold Festival 2016. He performed at the Liverpool Acoustic Kazimier Garden afternoon as part of LIMF 2015 and played at the Lantern Theatre, Liverpool, for We Shall Overcome 2015. He was a finalist in the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2014 and 2015. He plays regularly in and around Liverpool and has a longstanding enthusiasm for music of all kinds. In 2015 he released an album titled "Liverpool Skyline". In real life he works as a lecturer at University of Liverpool.