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The Drift Memory Drawings

  • Words: Scott Thill
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • XLR8R Rating: 10/10

One of the most promising bands to emerge in instrumental music, The Drift is done with ebbing–and seriously beginning to flow. Where their debut effort, Noumena, was, like the term itself, cerebral and independent, their sophomore record is sensual and inclusive, incorporating grooves and influences with skill. “Uncanny Valley” even boasts a backbeat, as well as the type of axe twangs and horn expositions that made Tortoise’s TNT a thing of rare beauty. Meanwhile, “If Wishes Were Like Horses” is as much a cinematic sprawl worthy of Morricone as the 11-minute epic “Land’s End” is reminiscent of Mogwai’s earlier work. The Drift’s challenging space-tracking may be an acquired taste, but I’m already addicted to it.

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