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Boasting former members of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Warlocks, the Los Angeles quintet Spindrift plays a collaged take on shoegazing and soundtrack-inspired indie rock, where samples are played alongside standard rock instrumentation. Songs from the Ancient Age starts with vocalist Kirpatrick Thomas whisper-singing over a Beck-inspired strut, making “Want Me” a sultry tone-setter. “Beauty” downshifts into a retro rocker that oozes sex appeal, with David Bowie–sounding vocals crooning over '60s guitar tones and a sinister Anton Newcomb–sounding take on garage rock. “Diamonds” makes good use of analog tape backmasking for a bygone psychedelic effect, but the distorted Moogs, plodding rhythms, and distant reverberated vocals make this track both innovative and haunting. Thomas’ glam-punk vocal approach (à la Lux Interior of The Cramps) on “Inhuman Behavior” saves the song from succumbing to a period-specific throwback style. The cinematic-sounding “Red Reflection” hints at the Ennio Morricone–influenced direction that Spindrift would take with 2011’s Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1.


Formed: 1992 in Newark, Delaware

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Spindrift are a cinematically inspired rock band that call Los Angeles home by way of their hometown, Newark, Delaware. The group was founded by singer, songwriter, and actor Kirpatrick Thomas. The group's early sound, as depicted on recordings such as Diablo and No Way to Anthill Heaven -- which appeared in 1994 and 1996, respectively -- was influenced heavily by the sounds of the the Doors, My Bloody Valentine, Hawkwind, Bruce Haack, and Chrome. In 1998, Thomas, Joe Baluta, and Zachary Hansen...
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Songs from the Ancient Age, Spindrift
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 11 January 2007

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