Drifting Sun — Drifting Sun
(Musea BR8012.AR, 1996, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01
Keyboardist Pat Sanders seems to be the main mover in Drifting Sun, a relatively new four-piece from the UK. This is their first release, a solid collection of nine rock tunes, mostly memorable and catchy, with a definite but not overwhelming influence from the traditional neo-progressive camp. One could be reminded of some of the harder-edged bands from that scene, like Final Conflict, or even Pendragon to some extent, yet Drifting Sun bring a lot more originality and spirit to the table than most. Their music tends not to be superfluosly proggy, but approached in a very natural way that is complimentary to the style of the compositions, a sensible and original style that eschews the label of derivative. The band, in addition to Sanders' keys and compositions, includes a bassist, guitar, and a drummer that appears to be listed only as a guest. Vocalist / lyricist Rafe Pomeroy has a fairly unique voice, slightly rough without sounding gravelly, with an evident accent that lends character to their overall sound. Most of the compositions are song-oriented in the four-to-five minute range, superbly composed and executed, with good melodic hooks. Musicianship and arrangements are superb throughout, save the drumming, which could have added a lot more to the effort but on most of the numbers does little more than basic timekeeping with obligatory fills. Still, this is a very formidable first effort that fans of this style should definitely check out.
Related artist(s): Drifting Sun
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more