Color: Translucent with Blue Haze
Release Date: 1998
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
Another wonderful release from Temporary Residence. I was very impressed with The Drift’s debut, but when this came out the band had crafted something really special and upped their game for sure. The jazz and dub leanings from before are present but the compositions on this album stretch skyward. Several tunes burn n’ churn in the way that Mogwai’s “Ex-Cowboy” (from their Come On Die Young album) does. But lest you think the band simply tread familiar territory, this is not the case at all. I merely make the comparison for the sake of gauging the majesty that songs like “Smoke Falls” achieve. I remember spinning this repeatedly during my Drawing II course at school and it getting me through some long nights. The burning white hot light on the cover art is another indicator of the focused intensity of this collection.
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