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Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Drift - Blue Hour (2011) (AWESOME !!!)

Genre : Ambient, Dub, Post-rock, Jazz, Experimental


1. Dark Passage
2. Bardo I
3. Horizon
4. The Skull Hand Smiles / May You Fare Well
5. Bardo II
6. Continuum
7. Luminous Friend
8. Hello From Everywhere
9. Fountain

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 are an instrumental band based in San Francisco California comprised of Tarentel founding member Danny Paul Grody, Rich Douthit, and Trevor Montgomery. Their music draws upon elements of dub, rock, minimalism, and abstract leanings that combine to create a sound uniquely their own.

Since forming in 2002 the band has released two full lengths (a third on it’s way) and a host of singles to critical acclaim. They have toured extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Over those years the band has had the honor of working with upright bassist Safa Shokrai(2005-08) and trumpet player Jeff Jacobs who joined shortly after the band formed in 2003. Jeff succumbed to a long and courageous battle with cancer in early January 2011. The dedication he gave to music and the band’s development was paramount. He will be greatly missed, but his light shines eternally.

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