HTC063 John Blek - Until The Rivers Run Dry

Artist: John Blek
Released: Feb 2023
Pressinginfo: 400 copies black vinyl I 200 copies transparent pink vinyl


  1. St. John’s Eve
  2. Until The Rivers Run Dry
  3. LOvelorn
  4. Restless Sea
  5. Raven’s Cry
  6. Once In A While
  7. Half – Life
  8. Lyric & Air
  9. Come Undone
  10. Floating Aimlessly


Until The Rivers Run Dry is the eighth studio album from the ever prolific John Blek. It is clear he is an artist uneasy with rest who is eternally developing his impressive style with his fierce independent spirit at the heart of everything he does.

The 10 track album was recorded over 10 days in early 2022. Though the process was quick it was not rushed. Blek entered the studio with an inspired clarity and a vivid picture of what he wanted to create. This is by far his most substantial and sophisticated sounding record to date, filled with McCartney moments and Scott Walker swagger. The soaring strings often evoke a Spektor-esque sound, chamber pop backing vocals full of indie spirit paired with a blend of electronic and acoustic drums lead us into a new sonic realm but the heart of the record is Blek’s profound and poetic alt-folk songwriting.

In an age when it would be easy to become disillusioned with the music industry John has remained steadfastly positive and unyieldingly creative. Known for being one of Ireland’s hardest touring musicians the Cork based musician tours relentlessly in Europe and the UK as well as his native Ireland. His live show is thoughtful and entertaining, littered with stories and showcasing his arresting vocals and intricate guitar playing.

The new record was produced by John and long time collaborator Brian Casey at Wavefield Recordings, Clonakilty, Ireland. The record features vocals by Cathy Davey and strings by Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames) as well as Kit Downes on piano, Davey Ryan on drums and Chris McCarthy playing double bass.


“…you might wonder why on earth Blek remains one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets.” (4,5 von 5) – The Irish Times
“Until The Rivers Run Dry is John Blek’s most romantic, relaxed and readily accessible work to date. It finds him at the peak of his powers, although we expect more great things to come.”  Folk Radio UK.
„Man muss gar nicht mit großen Namen wie Paul McCartney, Scott Walker oder Phil Spector um sich werfen (obwohl durchaus berechtigt), um die neue Dimension des Blek-Songwritings zu erfassen.“  Sounds & Books!
“An impressive offering”  Hot Press Magazine
“And it is magic, the result of perseverance and commitment, the steady cycle of passion and loyalty to one’s craft, and John Blek has that in spades…” (Liverpool Sound And Vision)