NATHALIE BRUNO aka DRIFT. – Song For Ewe

Drift. photo by Jeremy Jay

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a London based artist whose friends call Nathalie Bruno but goes by the musical nom de plume of Drift. if you get my drift.

Active since 2015, the debut EP “Black Devotion” came out on Italian label Avant! After a second EP “Genderland” in 2017, a first full length “Symbiosis” (on esoteric German label Tapete) has emerged bleary eyed from self-isolation in an East London studio not long before that might have been an enforced lockdown. The idea behind “Symbiosis” came from a Finsbury Park charity shop book purchase – “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” by Klaus Schwab. It brought on a deep introspection, and hit a rich creative vein. The blips and beats are perfect for a socially distanced present, but they have a heart in amongst the electronic soul, it’s melancholic yet quietly formidable, so it’s great to welcome to these digital pages the very human machine music and minimal but well placed words of Nathalie Bruno aka Drift. 

Here’s a video for the track “Raytheon’s Radar”…

…plus a taster for the “Symbiosis” album courtesy of Tapete Records…

The music is part “Warm Leatherette” meets Harmonia via a restrained Factory Floor, to genuflect at the feet of Laurie Anderson. As dreamy and yet jarring as Guillermo del Toro’s “Body of Water”, as eerily chiming as a John Carpenter score, while Schwab’s book may have opened up the creative seam, the name “Symbiosis” itself comes from Burroughs while the artwork on the album is by Jack Smith, a sci-fi comic artiste. It is a heady mix of influences to discern and disseminate to say the least…

Drift. photo by Wanda Martin

…which is why I was intrigued to learn Nathalie’s choice of tune for our series, so without further ado, here’s Drift.’s economically worded but carefully curated “song for ewe”…

“Nico- 60/40

My favourite track from Drama of Exile. The atmosphere of the instrumentation is the perfect companion for Nico’s questions of existentialism.”

If that has thrown up more questions than answers, you can find out more about Drift. here…

https://driftinsound.bandcamp.com/

Physical stock avail here…

https://shop.tapeterecords.com/drift-symbiosis.html

 

MANY THANKS TO NATHALIE BRUNO AND TO SEAN NEWSHAM AT MUTANTE

Author: Nick Hutchings

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