Drifting in Silence Fallto
- Words: Rachel Shimp
- Label: Labile
- XLR8R Rating: 6/10
With his third album in as many years, electronic multi-instrumentalist Derrick Stembridge shows that not all of Nashville's songwriters are fixated on tears in your beer. Of course, the melancholy ambience of his clicky, glitchy productions does evoke themes of loss and searching. This is 3 a.m., "I lost my lover" electronic ambient, which only falters when applying a more aggressive mental massage. A couple of tracks come off as circa-1998 gothic/industrial psychodrama; it's a little too caught between moods to feel conceptually complete. But on the whole, Fallto shows Stembridge navigating a passion for various styles with a very personal compass. With a few more late nights, he's sure to find his way.
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