This coming Wednesday (July 2nd) is the mid point in 2014 and Drift have collectively looked backwards at six months of new music and put together our 'Half Time' review.
Fifty albums(in no particular order) released so far this year that we've been enjoying playing and want to tell you about. All bases get covered on that trusty Drift shop hi fi and it's a pretty eclectic mix. From homespun Americana, country wailing and roots, through ambient soundtracks, bleeping tones and pulsating bass culture. Experimental drones, contemporary classical compositions, to rock, psych, garage and good old fashioned pop music...
Have a browse of the racks, find yourself something new.
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"For all of their affinity for murky, sludgy sounds, Pontiak roars away with remarkable precision, pulling off that men-as-machine ethos quite convincingly. Maybe it's a sibling thing?"? - San Francisco Bay Guardian
Pontiak are made up of three brothers that grew up and live on farms in Virginia. Their lifelong closeness yields uncommon musical understanding, creative collaboration and personal camaraderie. Their singular combination of impressive work ethic and boundless creativity pays off on their new album, 'Innocence'. From the explosive title track to the mellow groove of 'Wildfires', these 11 songs form some of the most absorbing and melodic material the band have produced, without ever losing their signature heft. It was recorded in the band's Studio A in Virginia without the aid of computers.
When the band began to compose the songs that became 'Innocence', instead of employing their well-worn method of carving out melodic passages from the squall of feedback and fuzz, the Carney brothers' songs frequently began the process with a trio of vocals, often eschewing instruments altogether as they wrote. Nowhere is this more apparent than the melancholic ballads of 'Wildfires' and 'Darkness Is Coming'. On high energy, hook laden tracks such as 'Lack Lustre Rush', 'Surrounded By Diamonds', and 'Ghosts', the distortion and the searing yet elegant guitar lines hang on the brothers' vocal melodies. In addition to designing their own album artwork, Pontiak film, edit, and direct all their music videos. The band recently released an 18 minute short film entitled 'Heat Leisure' that features the band collaborating with Greg Fox (Guardian Alien). The film premiered as an official selection at the Chicago International Music & Movies Festival.
"Recalling the power and the glory of the Stooges and MC5"? - Rolling Stone