Jim Morrison said it 40-plus years ago and it may well still be true: The West is the best. There’s more than a hint of The Doors’ dark poetic vision in the work of Spindrift, the latest projectors of dreamy, psychedelic, cinematic L.A. soundscapes, but that’s certainly not the only weapon in the band’s formidable sonic arsenal. Spindrift paints vivid canvases in the air, utilizing a palette that contains shades of Ennio Morricone’s flawless Spaghetti Western shimmer, Calexico’s ethnic desert twang, the aformentioned Doors’ sense of artful anticipation, the droning urban Folk of the Velvet Underground and varying dashes of Gypsy Jazz, moss-draped and humidity-drenched Blues and Mexican music of every conceivable stripe. All of it is underpinned with an acid-hazed consciousness and an eye toward the satellites.
Spindrift was the first to sign with The Dandy Warhols’ new indie label Beat the World for the group’s new full length, The West. Turn on, tune in, twang out.
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