Drifting Sun – Music News


Independent (label)

October 29, 2021 (published)

16 hours

I first heard about Drifting Sun a few years ago when a friend, Ben Bell, told me he was playing keyboards on their new album ‘Planet Junkie’. This album turned out to be a very special piece of modern progressive music and I have been looking forward to “Forsaken Innocence” ever since.

Drifting Sun has been around since the early 1990s, when founders Pat Sanders (recently moved from France) met American Rafe Pomeroy and began writing together. They have since released a number of albums and EPs and this is their latest.
As with ‘Planet Junkie’, this is a superb and original Prog album but it has many facets of classic Prog bands while maintaining a very individual sound.

The group’s lineup has changed over the years and now consists of Pat Sanders on keyboards, Jargon on vocals, Matthew Spaeter on guitars, John Jowitt (bass) and Jimmy Pallagrossi on drums. Ben Bell adds additional keyboards, Gareth Cole adds guitars and Eric Bouillette violins and guitars.

What strikes me about the album is that they are not afraid to produce a palette of sounds that includes elements of folk, classical, rock and even jazz, often including many different forms in it. the same pieces. The sound is heavily influenced by the keyboard, but guitars have their own place in music.

Unlike many of the current Prog fraternity, Drifting Sun does not descend into metal guitar riffs and therefore their music has a very complex sound, working from top to bottom and constantly keeping the listener on the edge of their seat. The songs are (mostly) long but they never seem to be long for fun. The title song is over 25 minutes long but goes through many different rooms to keep the listener’s attention. The track is huge and fast paced, so that at the end the listener feels like they’ve taken a journey – although you just want to start over and relive this wonderful wave of emotions and intrigue.

The playing throughout the album is quite fabulous. Jimmy Pallagrosi’s drums are powerful and punchy, Mathieu Spaeter’s guitar playing is a real delight and the mix of electronic and analog keyboards makes the music all the more exciting. Jargon has a great voice, capable of wide spread and perfectly suited to music.

There are a number of really good Prog bands out there right now, but I have to say Drifting Sun makes music that works pretty much every level and everything I’ve heard this year, “Forsaken Innocence “is certainly the best of them. .


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