The Drift: Blue Hour
Blue Hour is the first release by The Drift since the passing of their indelible trumpet player, Jeff Jacobs, but his spirit is undeniably present throughout the album. Without a doubt their most meditative release since their Travels In Constants debut, Blue Hour eases off the jazz and dub influences that had become a trademark of The Drift's sound, and instead focuses on hypnotic repetition and subtle, textural layering of guitars, keyboards, electric bass and drums. Beautiful, fragile melodies descend into sheets of noise atop an unwavering lockstep groove, and the near-silence of a single bass note becomes alternately haunting and near transcendent. It is a cathartic memorial to a dear friend and invaluable collaborator, and the perfect beginning to a new chapter in The Drift's resilient story.
The Drift: Ceiling Sky
When The Drift first popped up with their debut 12?, ?Streets/Nozomi,? they were lauded as one of the most creative, forward-thinking jazz-rock hybrids, drawing comparisons to everyone from The Necks and Isotope 217 to Miles Davis and The Upsetters. Thanks to these two songs, the stage was set for The Drift to unleash their debut album. When Noumena was released, critics and audiences were polarized. It would seem that ?Streets? and ?Nozomi? ? less than twenty minutes of music combined ? had provided enough for The Drift to already have expectations to live up to, whether they liked it or not. At times glacially paced, Noumena ventured into the darker, lonelier regions of jazz, dub, and ambient rock, where In A Silent Way and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly coexist in sinister harmony. The trumpet freak-outs and Beefheart-inspired guitar stabs were fondly missed, while the increased attention paid to atmosphere was applauded. What critics and most fans didn?t get to hear were the two extra tracks included only on the 2xLP vinyl edition of Noumena (including, ironically, the title track from the album). These two tracks sprawled to lengths and depths only alluded on their debut12?. Ceiling Sky collects these previously rare, vinyl-only tracks onto CD for the first time. In addition, the limited edition (rmxs) 12? released earlier this year ? featuring remixes by Four Tet and Sybarite ? is included to complete the collection. In total this is an hour?s worth of enchanting, haunting music that only a handful of people have had the pleasure to hear until now. That should be just enough to get us through the wait for the next proper full-length from The Drift, due in spring 2008.
The Drift: (rmxs)
Following the 2005 release of their debut album, Noumena, The Drift set out to tour relentlessly in support of the album. Two years later, the band is still on tour, and to keep up we’re rolling out a limited edition 12” compiling two side-long remixes from Four Tet and Sybarite. Side A is a nine-minute jazz exploration, launching The Drift’s spacious, atmospheric compositions into deserted, zero-gravity territory. Four Tet’s remix is a stone cold classic, rich in the virtues of patience and the payoff. Side B, conversely, is a dense, rhythmic reworking of Noumena’s most immediately accessible track, “Invisible Cities.” Sybarite gets to the point quick, and fleshes out the deliriously funky details over the course of its emphatic 11-minute runtime. This 12“ is strictly limited to 1,000 copies. Each copy is housed in a beautiful full-color chipboard jacket, and has been individually assembled by the tireless hands of the Temporary Residence staff.
The Drift: Noumena
Anticipation for the debut album by San Francisco?s The Drift has grown much faster than anyone could have predicted, following the sought-after "Streets"/"Nozomi" 12". With the debut full-length, Noumena, the band leaves no stone unturned. Taking their name to heart, The Drift do just that ? from ambient noise and elegant guitar rock to mournful jazz ballads and stunted, down-tempo hip-hop ? all with the subtle grace that is to be expected from veterans of the sound. As The Drift, Danny Grody (Tarentel, Furniture), Safa Shokrai, Jeff Jacobs, and Rich Douthit (Halifax Pier) comfortably expand on the cinematic bliss that Tarentel willfully abandoned long ago for more chaotic landscapes. Existing somewhere between Miles Davis?s In A Silent Way and Tarentel?s From Bone To Satellite, The Drift compose predestined soundtracks for everyday life ? not only perfect for a night on the beach, but just as suitable for the long drive getting there. Their music is inescapably passionate, executed with just enough wide-eyed improvisation to sound eternally fresh.
The Drift: Streets / Nozomi
Originally a side project from Danny Grody (Tarentel) and Trevor Montgomery (Lazarus), San Francisco's The Drift very quickly matured into a full-time dub-jazz-rock ensemble. After Montgomery left Tarentel and The Drift to focus on his Lazarus project, the band enlisted upright bass phenom Safa Shokrai to replace him â?? in addition to Jeff Jacobs on trumpet and Rich Douthit (Halifax Pier) on drums â?? ultimately steering the band away from its ambient rock leanings and into the hazy world of dub-infused guitar stabs and inspired jazz shuffles. After spending the better part of two years improvising together several times a week, the band got down to the business of writing and recording some new material. This 12" showcases the first two tracks from ongoing recording sessions. Like every great jazz group, they have tons more where this came from... we're just getting started..Packaged in hand silk-screened chipboard jackets, and limited to 1,000 copies (a handful of which are colored vinyl), "Streets" and "Nozomi" are two perfect teasers for the epic debut album that will be released this fall. Until then, play it LOUD, and play it over and over again.