Posted by: Johnny Loftus on May 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm

The Drift, Memory Drawings (Temporary Residence, 2008)

Listen: “If Wishes Were Like Horses”

“If Wishes Were Like Horses” is representative of what the Drift is working with on Memory Drawings. Over nine minutes in length, it begins as a mournful, trumpet-led tribute to a high desert sunset before shifting effortlessly into a dub-inflected section before bringing the trumpet back into the foreground for song’s end. It’s a nice, circuitous route, and one done with an impressive respect for the warmth of analog instruments. Nothing against our friends with the laptops and production software, but it’s refreshing to hear a band do instrumentals that are purely “of the land.” The Drift do, from the solitude of “I Had a List and Lost It” — with its brushed snare and tentative guitar strums, it suggests classic Bedhead — to the epic scope of closer “Lands End.” And in a shimmer of cymbals and a few more wistful notes of brass, they’re gone, back into the high desert to write a soundtrack to the lost cave cities of the Southwest. — Thomas Rooker White

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