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'Die Drift'   

-  Label: 'Bureau b'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '15th January 2021'

Our Rating:
Viennese artist Conny Frischauf’s debut album follows two EPs – 'Effekt & Emotion' (International Major Label, 2018) and 'Affekt & Tradition' (Kame House, 2019) - and is co-produced by musician and engineer Sam Irl.

The drift of the album title implies a constant yet random movement with no specific destination. This description applies to the slow but hypnotic ten minute Freundschaft (friendship) which closes the album.

For the more conventionally song based tracks there is simply lack of momentum. The first seven of the ten songs seem to be stuck in a simplistic, slow motion groove; more like treading water than going with the flow.

These are sung in German so any clever wordplay is lost on this listener but, even with the benefit of greater understanding of the lyrics, I doubt that this would be sufficient to gain the necessary uplift. This is soporific synth-pop in any language.

The glitchy instrumental passages of Eingaben Und Ausnahmen (input and output) and Private Geheimsache (classified secret) suggest more leftfield leanings which begs the question why the rest of the album does not embrace this more interesting experimental vein.

Die Drift at Bandcamp
  author: Martin Raybould

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