New Release Seeking Reviews and Airplay
Artist: Drifting In Silence
Label: Labile Records
File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Industrial
Release Date: October 21, 2014
About Drifting In Silence
Drifting in Silence is the name of a longstanding ambient industrial musical project undertaken by multi-instrumentalist and composer Derrick Stembridge. Stembridge chose the name as “a description of the feeling evoked by the music,” intended to create the sensation of movement through regions of light and shadow. Stembridge has described the music of Drifting in Silence as “post-ambient.”
The sound of Drifting in Silence is characterized by layered ambiences driven by groove rhythms, and punctuated by instrumental riffs and snatches of concretesounds. Individual tracks range from meditative tone poems to high-energy groove.
As musical influences behind Drifting in Silence, Stembridge cites Robin Guthrie, Brian Eno, Harold Budd, and the music of Skinny Puppy, among others.
Drifting in Silence has always been about layered sound set against driving rhythms. In Desire, the rhythms themselves add a layer of ambience. Long-time listeners to Drifting in Silence will immediately note a greater emphasis on instrumentation in Desire. The trademark layering of sounds and multiple ambiences is still the defining feature, but Stembridge has felt free to let melodic lines take the forefront, as is most evident in the title track, weaving together to make rhythmic as well as ambient structures.
“A soundtrack for an epic sci-fi film that’s yet to be made—the synth-soaked grandeur of Blade Runner meets the big-beat swagger of The Fifth Element. Unlike a lot of “ambient” albums, it simply never gets boring. Synthesist and composer Derrick Stembridge is a master of his craft.” – Keyboard Magazine
“In the end, it doesn’t matter if your eyes are closed, on the floor, or looking up to space, as long as you’re hearing the music.” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“Often brooding and filled with unraveled texture, Drifting In Silence presents a string of various reflections that are unique, captivating and likely to emit pensive patterns of thought.” – Igloo Magazine
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