David Berkeley | The Confluence

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The Confluence

by David Berkeley

Berkeley conjures the spirit of Nick Drake within the acoustic textures and poetic lyrics of this charmed songsmith's debut record.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Straw Man
5:09 album only
2. A Moon Song
4:14 album only
3. The City of the Second Hand
3:27 album only
4. The Golden Side
2:32 album only
5. Breeze
4:04 album only
6. Drowning
5:09 album only
7. Leaving Idaho
1:22 album only
8. Trouble for a Fool
4:41 album only
9. Miss Maybe
5:04 album only
10. Stillness
4:35 album only
11. The Confluence
2:09 album only


Album Notes
This is David's debut record, a great place to start. The songs have an honesty and rawness of emotion that is refreshing. Always the draw with David, his lyrics are pure poetry here. His voice is younger, and it is interesting to hear how his sound has matured and changed from this 2002 release to his 2009 release of Strange Light (www.cdbaby.com/berkeley5).

Rollingstone.com calls David Berkeley "a double fantasy of Nick Drake and Donovan," describing his voice as "sweeter than incense and peppermints."

Billboard Magazine says "Berkeley may have what it takes to win wide appeal... his melodies are fresh and sweet...his lyrics, often captivating."

This new collection of songs, "The Confluence," is a layered wash of natural sounds, warm like a tumbler half-full of bourbon, smooth as the silk square in your coat pocket. The album features guitars, mandolins, acoustic bass, cello, African percussion, trombone, sweet harmonies...

The influences are there: Nick Drake, Ryan Adams, Elliot Smith, Aimee Mann. Fans of Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Donovan, James Taylor will love this collection.

Perfect for an autumn morning.

David Berkeley sings from his marrow bones, and his writing is honest and refreshing, a conscious turn away from empty pop music and yet with melodic hooks that will linger in the brain.

You can catch this comet by its tail as David Berkeley orbits into stardom, or you can buy "The Confluence" now and be one of the first guard who will claim David Berkeley as the new darling of the folk world.



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Simplly brilliant!
I wasn't sure if David Berkeley could possibly have a better album out there than After the Wrecking Ships, but The Confluence might just outdo his 2nd album. Song after song, the album sucks you in deeper to Mr. Berkeley's amazing talent. He's from the David Gray, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Buckley mold. FANTASTIC!


What can i say?
This album is absolutely brilliant and have been stay in my cd player since the day it arrived!

LeeAnn Helton

Doesn't get any better
If you like contemporary folk, do not let this pass you by. It does not get any better than David Berkeley's "Confluence" and "After the Wrecking Ships" for originality and soul.

If you get the chance to catch a concert, do it!

Warren Day

great debut album
I sent off for the first album it took a bit of time getting used to but it does growon you it is a great debut album, Superb voice. I only have one complaint NO TOUR DATES IN THE UK. Come visit the uk David


David Berkeley's The Confluence = BEAUTIFUL
This CD is so beautiful with so many stories to tell, and David Berkeley tells them in a manner of the highest quality. He sings not a key unperfectly, which in itself is unbelievable, but to know that he wrote these songs adds to the charm and magnificence of his debut album. Awe-inspiring!

Ian Stanton

Excellent CD,A mix of Nick Drake,Damian Rice & an acoustic Ryan Adams.


The New Drake
The Confluence doesn't sound out of place in between two of Nick Drake's albums, which is something that can be said of very few singer-songwriters. Perfect.

Sandra Lea

Stunning Debut cd for Talented Singer/Songwriter
David Berkeley's debut cd, "The Confluence," has the confident sound of a real pro. The smooth, seductive melodies showcase Berkeley's fine voice, which is edged with just enough heartache to hit home. He cleves to familiar themes -- love and loss, the desire to slow time and resist change -- but this is not maudlin music. Listen closely to the intense, carefully crafted lyrics filled with visual details and twists of phrase. And just when you're ready to light a fire, kick off your shoes, and relax with this impressive new talent, the apocalyptic title song, a haunting reminder of 9/11, will break the spell, like a sudden gust of icy wind. Tell your friends about this find.

Norm Lasser

Fall in love all over again with David Berkeley
In a refreshingly heartfelt debut, New York's David Berkeley delivers songs for the romantic, the loner, the heartbroken, and the critic. This singer/songwriter will woo you with his voice and charm you with his words. "The Confluence" will make your other cd's jealous. Highlights include the breeze, strawman, and city of the second hand––songs that you won't soon forget. David Berkeley is the kind of musician who will rekindle past flames and reunite lost relatives.


Mesmerizing. Few albums are on par with Nick Drake's work. This is one of them. Haunting.
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