Plus Driftwood’s Top 5 Spotify tracks!
A dynamic jack of all musical trades, Sydney artist Driftwood. returns with a molten new single 3AM, also featuring R&B maverick LVNDVN. Showcasing Driftwood.’s significant creative arsenal as a multi-disciplinary whiz, 3AM drifts between lush, sinewy soundscapes and ambitious storytelling, with an accompanying self-directed and self-edited music video also dropping today. Independent, innovative and insatiably eclectic, Driftwood. continues his burgeoning rise into 2022 in glossy fashion with this brand new single, alongside four upcoming performances at The Great Escape in the UK and two London shows as part of the festivals’ warm-up week.
3AM offers a cocoon of contemporary R&B around a flexing and fluctuating dance hall pocket; from percolating instrumentals to serpentine vocals, Driftwood. flawlessly stages a misty, groove-soaked moment in time, complete with guest vocals from New York-based R&B artist LVNDVN who wrote and recorded his parts remotely before sending them back to Driftwood. to fuse together. Produced by Driftwood. and Mitchell Sloan, 3am unfurls and wields its slow-burning magic in just under three minutes; but the hypnotic wiles linger long after the track fades away into the night. A short but silken journey into dark moments and escapism, 3AM evolved from a single groove during a Driftwood. jam session. Speaking on the underlying narratives and ultimate creation behind 3AM, Driftwood. says, “3AM is about being in the wrong place at the right time, but still being lost in my own world even in the most extreme environments. I actually was jamming with my friend Hunter Farlow. I’m quite eclectic in my influences so there are probably more than I even realise, but for the most part it was just a nice fluid groove that I loved and started singing on.”
The video for 3AM is the perfect visual accompaniment for the moody sway underpinning the overall track, with sultry aesthetics and woozy, red-hued shots capturing the lyrical ennui. Darkly lit like the true late night escapades the song title pays homage to, the video was also directed and edited by Driftwood. himself once again, as Driftwood. explains, “I don’t use professional studios, I direct and edit my own videos and work with a select one or two hand-picked DOPs who I know and have worked with before. I know exactly what I’m trying to achieve on my shots and exactly how to get it with a small and effective team. Extra bodies can slow the flow and stifle the creativity.”
An artist truly in scintillating command of every aspect of his creative journey, Driftwood. relentlessly presents as a breath of fresh air in the oversaturated music industry, treading the wavering line between reality and more etheareal realms. An artist equally inspired by modern R&B and soul and elements of high-street fashion, architecture and street culture, while also wielding formidable skills as a singer, songwriter, music producer, engineer, director and editor, Driftwood. consistently delivers nuanced and unforgettable moments – and there’s even more new material on the way in the not-too-distant future, as he reveals, “I’m currently in America working with some top producers on new music. I’m also shooting videos and chasing aesthetics to the moon. I’m excited to share what I’ve been creating.”
3AM is out now!
- ‘No Church in the Wild’ by Kanye West – Feels like a moment 3 worlds collided. This song has always blown my mind. Frank ocean over a Kanye West Beat is very special. This was also a time when ‘Watch The Throne’ was occurring with Jay Z and Kanye. To see these 3 energies unite on a song is very special.
The initial lyrics are so special:
“Human beings in a mob
What’s a mob to a king?
What’s a king to a God?
What’s a God to a non-believer
Who don’t believe in anything?
Will he make it out alive?”
- ‘Zanzibar’ by Kamaliza – This song has an incredible and wholesome feeling to it. This is a special moment. The way he expresses himself on this track and the overall feeling was very special. “Don’t change for me, I like you just the way you are now”. Just relentlessly beautiful and such a powerful concept.
- ‘Blinded by the Light’ by The Streets – I always loved this tune – Original Pirate Radio. I loved that garage synth cadence and the feeling this song gave me. I remember listening to this song with mates on a road trip, going bananas. Very special tune… and Mike Skinner is truly one of one – the way he holds and tells a story, and the nuance of his personality is more of the flow than anything, which is engaging. Even though it’s iconic, I still feel it is underrated TBH. Also, his sense of sample selection and melody is flawless. Very special producer.
- ‘Home’ by Brent Faiyaz – His voice and his vocal runs and decisions are super special. Very deliberate and understood also conceptually. Again, he understands balance. He understands the beauty in the toxicity and poses those concepts next to each other through melody and concept beautifully. Lone Wolf has done a few of his videos and they are super special as well.
- ‘Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing)’ by Fred Again – This track is super special; conceptually, visually and creatively. I’m in love with his balance. His arrangements and sense of sample selection and processing is just beautiful and so well crafted. The vibe from start to finish is effortless with so many beautiful pockets, I get lost in every listen. I was riding my bike around Sydney last year rinsing this – just so special.