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  • The Drift Ceiling Sky
    Friday, January 18, 2008

    Lost in the shuffle of a year's music, a dirty car, and some other best-left undefined excuse, Ceiling Sky, The Drift,'s compilation album (if you can call it that) of twelve-inch singles and rare vinyl-only tracks has spent a bit of time on my stereo. The six songs are cast from the same mould--gentle, unhurried, jazz-based instrumental rock.

    Ceiling Sky begins where The Drift's story began, the "Streets"/"Nozomi" 12" single. "Streets" is spaced-out gentle jazz, not unlike Spaceheads, or, perhaps, some of A Certain Ratio's quieter moments. "Nozomi" begins with a late-90s post-rock style guitar strumming, and then quietly turns into a peaceful Spaghetti western-style jazz number, not unlike Calexico.

    I wish, for descriptive purposes, I could state heartily that the other four songs found on Ceiling Sky differ radically from the previous two, but they don't. Okay, Four Tet's "Gardening, Not Architecture" introduces a heavy dose of beats and computer blips, and Xian Hawkins' "Invisible Cities" is space funk par excellence--but underneath their embellishments beats the quiet, gentle heart found on the other songs here--and, for the most part, on the band's debut.

    I know compilation records are usually seen as time-fillers for bands taking an exceeding amount of time to complete or release a new album, but Ceiling Sky is an album worthy on its own merit.

    Besides, you didn't buy the vinyl.

    Listen To: Streets

    Ceiling Sky is available now on Temporary Residence, Ltd

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