There were intermittent soundtrack and score contributions of varying magnitudes, as well as a couple other low-key projects, but The Drift is Scott Walker's proper follow-up to 1995's Tilt, an album that also happened to trail its predecessor by 11 years. If 1984's Climate of Hunter put the MOR in morose, Tilt avoided the road completely and went straight toward the fractured, fraught images inside Walker's nightmares. It was entirely removed from anything that could've been classified as contemporary. The Drift isn't an equally severe leap from Tilt, but it is darker, less arranged, alternately more and less dense, and ultimately more frightening. Maybe it'll make your body temperature drop a few degrees. Working with what Walker has referred to as "blocks of sound," only a few of the album's 68 minutes have any connection to rock music, and many of those minutes are part of a harrowing 9/11 song that also obliquely references "Jailhouse Rock" as Elvis Presley cries out ("I'm the only one left alive!") to his stillborn twin brother. The songs swing from hovering drones to crushing jolts.
London-based band The Wood Demons announce their first commercial release, "The Lost Domain", a five-track mini-album available exclusively as a Bandcamp download. Songs on the album were written by three of the band’s five members and showcase The Wood Demons’ numerous influences, from prog to psychedelia to alt rock, psych-folk, modal jazz, film music and classical. "The Lost Domain" combines strong melody and lyrics alongside the band’s distinctive violin and retro keyboard sounds, and soaring guitars. It was recorded by Pat Collier at Perry Vale Studios in London, where the band will be returning in November 2017 to record new songs for a further recording release for 2018.
BYU Synthesis invites you to join them on a musical tour across the Baltic States and Scandinavia, with live recordings of performances in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, and Sweden. In this new album, Downtime, Synthesis performs classics from the likes of Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Charlie Parker, and Stevie Wonder, as well as fantastic original compositions from veteran band members. So sit back, relax, and take some Downtime with the BYU Synthesis with these live, swingin' tunes.