Review: The Drift – Ceiling Sky

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Label: Temporary Residence Limited

Released: November 6th, 2007

You shouldn’t need this CD. After all, you should already have all of the Drift’s albums and you should definitely have them on vinyl. However, if you’ve missed either boat, the kind folks at Temporary Residence feel bad for you and have released this collection of The Drift’s non-CD tracks.

For those not familiar with the Drift, their music is a near perfect mix of ambient rock and free jazz, the former giving the latter a huge landscape on which to expand. This isn’t some esoteric experiment, although lovers of art as experimentation can find plenty to painstakingly uncover here. The Drift can just as easily be taken passively. If music is a story, the Drift is the setting. That leaves the plot to the listener who can be as active or passive as they’d like in that role.

If this is your first taste of the Drift, you’d be best off checking out Noumena or their fantastic new Memory Drawings LP (with vinyl bonus tracks not on this CD) first, but you’ll soon see that these tracks are every bit as essential.

Satriani: 10/10
Zappa: 8/10
Dylan: 8/10
Aretha: 8/10
Overall: 8/10



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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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