Driftmachine — Nocturnes
VINYL LP + DIGITAL
CATALOG UR065 [REPRESS 2016] — Released June 2016
All songs produced by Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer. Mastered by John Tejada.
Photo by Andre Gansebohm. Artwork by Daniel Castrejón.
TRACKLIST / 48 minutes
01 Claire Obscure
03 To Nowhere pt.1
04 To Nowhere pt.2
06 Réveil des Oiseaux
08 Call Mr. Moriba (Bonus Track)
VINYL LP 1st & 2nd EDITIONS — SOLD OUT
DIGITAL FORMATS ︎︎︎ BANDCAMP
DIGITAL FORMATS ︎︎︎ BANDCAMP
Nocturnes, the debut LP by Driftmachine was originally released in June 2014 and sold out quickly upon release. The re-release is on blue-transparent vinyl, and comes with revised black artwork.
“There’s an impeccable symmetry [...] intertwine electronic patterns that don’t quite belong together, creating a palpable sense of tension in the process [...] is all gutter dreams and evasive glances across rainy late-night streets, charged by a post-club atmosphere that suggests the heavy thwack of real life coming back into view.” — Pitchfork
“ [...] redefines the lines between insomnia and slumber, is the dancing flicker of a bedside lamp by eerie electronics that will carry through the dark night.” — Dublab
Announcing the onset of night, Driftmachine —a Berlin-based duo comprised of Andreas Gerth (Tied & Tickled Trio) and Florian Zimmer (Saroos)— have created Nocturnes, a psychoactive, dream-inducing stimulant of sorts: Evoking and maintaining a trancelike state, the duo’s six-part journey into the dark was originally inspired by reading The Rest Is Noise and listening to the music discussed in Alex Ross’ seminal book. The resulting soundscapes, written and recorded since 2012, redefine the lines between insomnia and slumber, between wraithlike dub grooves gone awry, the dancing flicker of a slack-joint bedside lamp, and eerie electronics.
Nocturnes is essentially comprised of six studies in precision: perfectly symmetrical structures that slowly spread their bass-heavy wings, sprawl like digital fungi, shift shape and – paradoxically – seem to drift and to obey the two captains at the helm. It’s an album of hypnotic and mesmerizing electronic landscapes based on various interlocked layers of rhythm. “Getting deeper into the world of modular systems introduced us to new ways of creating music,” they say, and it also allowed Gerth and Zimmer to redefine and rearrange styles and genres they generally feel drawn to – dub, riddims, anything with bass really –, so the heavy bass and percussive elements of Nocturnes don’t come in the colors you’d expect them to: Driftmachine’s palette stays true to the colors of night, a massive scale of gray.
With its meticulously displaced details and intricate harmony layers, Nocturnes also evokes the electronic avant-garde of the mid-70s, think Cluster during the band’s Zuckerzeit era. Nocturnes keeps the balance between intense, dramatic metrics and rather complex, modulated melodies. Also nodding to Krzysztof Komeda’s compositions (especially his score for Rosemary’s Baby) and the haunting, uncanny vibes of Raime, Nocturnes won’t let you sleep: “To us, the album sounds like staying awake the whole night; it unites all the different moods one might go through.”