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Founded in Chesham, UK circa 1994 - Hiatus between 1999-2013 - Reformed in 2014

DRIFTING SUN were formed sometime during early-90's (originally named Drama), after French natives Pat Sanders (keyboards) and Manu Sibona (bass) left their homecountry and landed in the UK. There they met American singer Rafe Pomeroy and four pieces were recorded in a London-based studio, then sent to Musea for evaluation. The French label decided to sign the band on their branch-label Brennus and in 1996 the self-titled debut of the band sees the light with Karl Groom participating on one track.

Drifting Sun decided to move on as an independent group, the line-up was expanded with the addition of Tobin Bryant and Bryant's friend, guitarist John Spearman, while Pomerey was replaced by another American vocalist, Chris Martini.By the end of the year 1998 the band had launched the sophomore effort "On the Rebound".

What followed was a very long break, but recently Sanders gave his band another chance, gathering a new line-up with singer Peter Falconer, drummer Will Jones and bassist/guitarist Dan Storey. The third work of DRIFTING SUN "Trip the Life Fantastic" was released in early 2015, a digital album, available via several online digital stores.

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3.32 | 28 ratings
Drifting Sun
1996
3.94 | 51 ratings
On The Rebound
1999
3.86 | 147 ratings
Trip The Life Fantastic
2015
3.86 | 142 ratings
Safe Asylum
2016
4.01 | 100 ratings
Twilight
2017
4.27 | 40 ratings
Planet Junkie
2019

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5.00 | 4 ratings
From the Vault: Demos & Drafts
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
On the Rebound
2016

DRIFTING SUN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 4 ratings
Piano Works
2015
4.29 | 7 ratings
Lady Night
2015
4.40 | 5 ratings
Alice
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Hidden Truth
2016
4.33 | 3 ratings
A Year In Black
2016
4.04 | 6 ratings
Eternal Cycle
2017
4.50 | 2 ratings
Remedy
2018
4.50 | 4 ratings
Missing
2019
4.50 | 2 ratings
Stay With Me
2019
5.00 | 1 ratings
Everlasting Creed
2019

DRIFTING SUN Reviews


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 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.01 | 100 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars This is my favorite Drifting Sun album for the amazing melodies. It is an instant classic, and songs like Twilight, Summer Skies, and Remedy are perfect. Twilight features Peter Falconer on vocals, and he has never sounded better. There are times when I feel like I am listening to Supertramp or something from the 70s. The compositions and lyrics are just fantastic. I give Pat Sanders a ton of credit for pulling off Twilight. It is a work of art that should be in every progressive rock collection. Twilight features no fillers, and every track follows a consistent theme and familiarity that flows through the album. Highly recommended.
 Planet Junkie by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.27 | 40 ratings

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Planet Junkie
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by javajeff

4 stars I love Safe Asylum, Twilight, and Trip The Life Fantastic. They are the three excellent Drifting Sun albums, and the heart of the catalog. Planet Junkie is another outstanding album, but I do miss the vocals of Peter Falconer. He has a style that sets Drifting Sun apart from other groups in the genre. While On The Rebound is an excellent album without Peter, I consider the albums following it to be the signature sound of Drifting Sun. With that being said, Planet Junkie is another fantastic release even if it lacks the cohesion of one singer. It is broken up into three parts, and while I do not know two of the singers, Marc Atkinson is one that I really enjoy from other projects like Riversea and Nine Stones Close. However, all three vocalists do an excellent job, and keep the album flowing. To Tame A Star is likely my favorite track if I had to pick one, so I am impressed with the offerings from Colin Mold. Planet Junkie has many great melodies, and a couple instrumentals that divide up the three parts. Planet Junkie is another brilliant addition to a fantastic catalog of albums that should keep most listeners entertained. Pat Sanders and company put out quality stuff, and this is no exception. Highly recommended.
 Planet Junkie by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.27 | 40 ratings

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Planet Junkie
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by The Jester

5 stars Review # 108. I discovered Drifting Sun with the release of Trip the Life Fantastic, and I have been following their releases since then. I don't know how they do that, but with every new release, they become better and better.

The band's new album is Planet Junkie, which, in my ears sound different than their previous works. Maybe one of the reasons for that is the absence of Peter Falconer, the band's singer. I don't know why, but suddenly Drifting Sun left without a lead singer. Pat Sanders, the band's leader, decided to invite some singers he already knew, in order to participate in Falconer's place. Three of them accepted the invitation, so Planet Junkie includes three lead singers instead of one; which add a lot in the album's dynamic.

The album is separated into 3 major parts, and on each part, there is a different lead singer. These 3 parts are divided with an instrumental piece. So, Planet Junkie includes 9 songs and 2 instrumental pieces.

As far as I know, Pat Sanders faced many difficult situations in his personal life lately, and many of those situations are reflected in Planet Junkie. The album is filled with wonderful and melancholic melodies, which, in my opinion, has always been the strong point in their music. Pat is a skilled composer and musician, and he is able to write some heartbreaking melodies which I adore, and this album is not an exception.

But the album is not only about melancholy and drama. It also includes some uplifting songs, like Planet Junkie and Within Your Bones for example, which are excellent.

I'm sure that the fans of Drifting Sun will enjoy this album a lot, but because this is not a typical Drifting Sun album, I would recommend it to everybody. Even if you never liked the music of Drifting Sun before, you should listen to Planet Junkie. Maybe you will be pleasantly surprised by its quality. I don't think there is anything else to say. Listen to the album and you will form your own opinion.

Favorite songs so far: Within Your Bones, Missing, Night Time Sorrow, Planet Junkie, Stay with Me.

My Rating: 4.5 stars.

 Planet Junkie by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.27 | 40 ratings

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Planet Junkie
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars I have been left with no choice but to come out of reviewing retirement as there are musicians out there who have asked me to continue to write about their most recent accomplishments. First up are my old friends Drifting Sun, a much maligned Neo-prog band with a solid history of releasing thrilling albums that hit the spot each and every time. Leader and keyboardist Pat Sanders has been a FB friend for quite a while and after losing his lead vocalist Peter Falconer last year to health complications , he was in need of finding suitable lead lungs to adorn his ornate compositions , having already enlisted Joshua Corum of Head with Wings, so I recommended 2 of , in my view, the top British vocalists out there, namely Marc Atkinson of Nine Stones Close, Riversea, Moon Halo as well as Colin Mold (Kara, Karnataka and solo). Pat promptly checked them out, felt that they would be perfect fits and presto, the channels of communication kicked into gear! ''Planet Junkie'' comes on the heels of the brilliant ''Twilight '', a neo-prog masterpiece that transcends the label by offering passionate, romantic and intense music, showcasing more and more of Pat's piano mastery. Could this new album be even better? In fact, the setlist is very interestingly set up with each vocalist given three consecutive tracks to express their craft, with Pat doing intermezzos in between , a brilliant chapter-like experience that only enhances the enjoyment of the magnificently constructed songs.

We are introduced to the Marc Atkinson trio of songs, featuring this tremendous vocalist who has adorned a slew of progressive albums that have earned high marks for quality, a voice that transcends any genre, full of romance and passion . ''Within Your Bones'' kicks off this masterpiece with a moody opener, synths and voice propulsing the band ever forward, Marc's hushed voice easily morphing into more powerful exuberance when called upon, sealed by a Andy Mackay-like sax solo from Sarah Skinner and a sizzling Matthieu Spaeter guitar solo that has a little Phil Manzanera feel to it. Pat tortures his synth for good fortune. The title track holds nothing back, a rollicking effort that chugs along at breakneck speed, ushered along by their veteran, well-oiled and manic rhythm section of bassist Manu Michael and drummer Will Jones . Pat and Matthieu combine to put some melodic meat onto the arrangement , the later slapping a wicked propulsive solo to boot, before Marc does some vocal gymnastics that few could reproduce, imitated by a whistling synthesizer for good measure. The crowning achievement is the melancholic ''Missing'', a gorgeous melody that showcases Marc's voluptuous voice, in delicate agony, ballads don't get much better than this! Curling guitar arpeggios and a delicate organ humming in the background serve as the initial platform for a typical Atkinson delivery, where the instrumental intensity is matched by the booming vocals. Matthieu lets loose on his axe, explosive and feathered , enough to send shivers down one's spine.

In memoriam to his father, Pat created this touchingly brief instrumental called ''Life'', a brilliant piano etude that transcends time and space, evocative and sublime.

Colin Mold is one of the most underrated musicians in progland, a terrific multi-instrumentalist who can shine on guitars, bass and violin but its his haunting voice that really hits the mark, a surreal blend of Peter Gabriel and Justin Hayward (talk about icons). His 3 solo albums are absolute must-haves in my opinion, surely an accomplished artist that fully deserves wider recognition and reverential accolades. His work here should entice more than one listener to explore his craft as he does justice to the three allotted tracks that bear his stamp. Truth is both Pat and Colin seemed to coalesce as one in creating these pieces, kindred spirits in so many ways, definitely far from being rock stars but most assuredly dedicated musicians. Just listen to the crushingly timeless ''Night Time Sorrow'' , a masterful duet with Pat on piano and Colin's vaporous vocals and the light will shine brightly into your soul! The epic symphonic nature of ''Stay With Me'' is utterly beguiling, Colin putting on quite the performance, aided by a lead guitar-led chorus that will drop the jaw of any music fan, a level of unmatched passion that gives this band its credentials and its credibility. The extended acoustic guitar solo is liquid beauty, the voice spectacular and the overall impression, indelible. Beauty shines on ''To Tame a Star'', contrasting voices as Colin emotes vividly while his whispered hush occasionally enters the fray , the instrumentalists showing off their considerable skills, Matthieu ripping his electric guitar unashamedly while guest Eric Bouillette shines on violin, then giving the spotlight over to Pat to deliver quite the synth solo, short, sweet and killer! Colin's trio of tracks are simply majestic, coming across as a complete gorgeous whole.

If anyone doubts these guys have the chops, the thrilling ''I Will Be King'' settles the case quite convincingly, as the musicians display a furious bravado that pulls no punches, throwing in Ben Bell into a delirious organ solo, as well a series of exciting solos from the lead instruments. Wow!

Joshua Corum was previously unknown to me but Pat's choice was clearly dead on, as he has a different voice with a higher-pitched, more modern slightly American tone that suits the material just fine. The trio of songs selected for him are laden with altering complexity, moodier and perhaps more eccentric. Pat's piano introduces ''Born of a Dream'' , a seductive fragility emanating from Joshua's pained vocal, acoustic guitar adding to the frailty. A weeping violin courtesy of Eric Bouillette adds drama, while the rhythm section takes a well-deserved break at some nearby pub. ''Diogenes'' is pure prog delight, naming Plato, Socrates, Diogenes and the 'Academy' as influences, while the music salts and peppers dissonance with hints of Gentle Giant, as Joshua navigates the lyrics with steadfast passion and insistence, Matthieu's gripping axe shredding mercilessly, as Manu and Will keep the brisk pace with zest and gusto. He ends the album on a fabulous 10 minute romp, that is both explosive, humorous, breathtaking, at times shrill and excitable and ultimately intoxicating. ''Everlasting Creed'' delivers all the proggy goods, combining manic , breakneck instrumentation, colossal vocals and profound lyrics , as well as infusing a unexpected clarinet spot (Conrad Cheng) , another wicked guitar solo (man, can Matthieu play!) .

Drifting Sun continues its meteoric path and to Pat's credit , he has always displayed the uncanny ability to entertain by keeping predictability locked up in some Safe Asylum (sic), which makes the band so unique among prog outfits. Never boring or safe, Drifting is certainly far from their twilight (sic) , as their future cannot be brighter . Pat gambled on a new course and with a little help from his friends, the result is clearly spectacular. Massive, rapturous and continuous applause to all those who participated in this splendid cosmic adventure! I encourage all fans to travel to ''Planet Junkie'' and be ready for quite the discovery.

5 User constellations

 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.01 | 100 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars I have been following Drifting Sun's recently prolific career, buoyed by some tantalizing releases that shook sturdily and shocked pleasantly the Neo-prog genre , a style that is probably the most improved among the various progressive rock sub genres. With 2016' masterful Safe Asylum release, this much-maligned band has reached the highest levels, even though previous albums Trip the Light Fantastic (2015) and On the Rebound (thank you, Pat!) , a 1998 original that was remastered and tweaked in 2016 were also clear winners! Progressively progressive, honed and well-oiled, the band is led by keyboardist Pat Sanders, whose piano skills in particular have now taken the spotlight. The rhythm section is concrete solid with bassist Manu Michael and drum stick man Will Jones. Vocalist Peter Falconer mans the microphone with a suave and compelling style that fits the music to a tee. New guitarist Matthieu Spaeter shines nicely on his debut with the band , laying down some inspired licks and crafty sounds. Twilight shows the band in a darker, more imaginative setting, with a stronger lyrical focus than ever before. The vocals have always been way above average but here , they really take the cake! Eight spell-binding tracks divided equally into two parts, named ''Twilight'' and ''the Other Side of Life''. A well-balanced and thoroughly entertaining set list of delirious prog music.

The title track sets the mood, with a rollicking beat, massed choir vocals and a sizzling guitar foray, that carves out an electric and mind-searing melody. The piano scintillates as the scalding guitar rides along the impassioned vocal. The Spaeter axe solos are bright, melodious and tight. ''See the Dawn Beyond'' in choir form is quite the revelation, an almost Gentle Giant-like moment within a conventional neo-prog epic! Pat does a little Manfred Mann on his synth, as bending notes and searing lines decorate the arrangement. It ''gives me peace''!

''Wings of Hope'' accentuates the melodic direction , balancing the simply beautiful with bombastic revelation , a voice and a piano in rapt union, with the entire band ultimately kicking into the fray. The guitar lead is complex and tortuous, the arrangement settling on brilliant harmonies , an intricate slice of impressive progressive rock, played with undeniable passion and effortless technique. Tremendous track.

The pleading ''Mystery of Lies'' keeps the sizzle glowing, a swirling maelstrom of musicality, ebbing and flowing with imagination. Falconer really shines on the microphone, sweetly delicate one moment, before exploding into raging exaltation. The acoustic guitar has a slight medieval tone, which gives the mood a sense of infinity.

Seeking even more glory, the bittersweet ''Soldiers'' showcases an almost Gentle Giant vibe, what with the vocal polyharmonics and the stop and go rhythmic pulse. The mournful piano does another sensational appearance, blending nicely with both the bass and the acoustic guitar, as Falconer soars high and beyond as ''the sun and the moon collide''. Spaeter flips his wrists , bending, rifling and scratching impeccably. Another nugget of genius.

All this only serves as a prologue to the epic and emotional ''Summer Skies'', a wondrous 10 minute composition that encapsulates all the magic of Drifting Sun's style, a convincing vocal crowned by world-class instrumentation. There is no hint of predictability or ennui, just a whopping melody at the very centre of the piece, dripping with intensity and unparalleled flair. When the electric guitar repeatedly reprises the main melody, it really hits you between the ears, just how talented this band is. Falconer hits the highest notes , the piano reverberates eloquently, the grandiose chorus growing, pulsating and overflowing with passion. Mesmerizing!

''Remedy'' maintains the sublime quality, offering another gorgeous melody, the piano once again leading by example, a choppy beat as an escort. The lead axe carves high and mighty, prepping the way for another pleading vocal performance, with a ''let go, let go'' harmony, that is quite the treat. The sombre nature only enhances the pain, a thrilling highlight once again. Wow!

Gloomy and spooky at first, ''Outside'' dishes up swaths of synthesized winds, a crystalline piano that verges on harpsichord and another plaintive voice, before settling into a more muscular vibe, harsh guitars and syncopated drum patterns combining in a complex mixture, spiced by a loopy and slippery guitar foray that would please Allen Holdsworth fans . Cleverly, the ''let go, let go'' harmony returns for a final bow, a sign of attention to detail and a yearning for perfection.

This jaw-dropping release ends with the serpentine ''Remain'', a voice tour de force, shoved along by the manic instrumentation, tossing in some angry narration and a series of wicked solos to boot, one guitar and then Pat letting loose on his synth. With this phenomenal album, Drifting Sun has established itself as a leader in prog rock, way beyond any diminutive neo-prog branding one might want to associate them with. The Twilight has arrived.

4.5 twinkling stars

 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.01 | 100 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars One of the better sounding/produced Neo Prog albums of the year.

1. "Twilight (The Other Side Of Life)" (9:25) some refreshing and creative constructs and vocals using familiar sounds in the instrumental tapestry. Lead singer Peter Falconer has an okay voice which takes some getting used to, but I must give him credit for his courage and creativity. (8.5/10)

2. "Wings Of Hope" (5:13) piano intro sounds quite a bit like the previous song's melodies and chord construction. I like the variation in vocals as rendered by the engineering. It turns out the delicate, flighty opening is only an intro as a blues-rockin' song bursts out in the third minute. Again, I like the multi-voiced vocal constructions. (8.5/10)

3. "Mystery Of Lies" (5:46) spoken muted voice and sustained lead electric guitar single notes open this one before the full band enters at the end of the first minute. The following nylon string-supported soft vocal is rather sudden and incongruous. Piano-base and choir-like vocals pop in for a moment before we return to the previous guitar-and-voice theme. Odd song. I'm not sure it works. (8/10)

4. "Soldiers" (7:23) the vocals and melody in the opening section don't work on this one. Too simple, despite the lyrical intent. The light, sophisticated multi-voiced "choral" work in the middle is awesome--which is then followed by a "heavy" section replete with disappointing standardized Neo Prog sounds and that were popular in the early 1990s (COLLAGE). (8/10)

5. "Summer Skies" (10:49) Great vocal performance over 1990s keyboards (again, the Polish Neo Proggers COLLAGE or SATELLITE come to mind). Still, this one is fresh enough to make it one of my top three. Even when it amps up for the choruses it still has an engaging sound and feel. Piano interlude is pretty though nothing special--better served when the multiple delicate voices join in. Yea, I can even disregard the dated keyboards for this one. (9/10)

6. "Remedy" (5:19) feels like a continuation, musically, of the previous song, though it's vocal stylings and melodies are different. (8.5/10)

7. "Outside" (5:24) this one could come from a 80s/90s metal/hair band: vocals, power chords, solo electric guitar, and song construction all sound and feel like it. (7.5/10)

8. "Remain "(8:11) another song that feels like the continuation of the precious three opens with a spoken "Twilight" passage All of this fits into that aforementioned metal/hair band early 90s genre/period/sound. Nice keyboard solo over an odd kick drum sound. Finale with calypso drums sound? Weird. (8/10)

3.5 stars; rated up for being a decent and often clever and creative Neo Prog contribution to prog world.

 Eternal Cycle by DRIFTING SUN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
4.04 | 6 ratings

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Eternal Cycle
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars The band have made this two-track EP available free of charge from their website, so that progheads can see what the band sound like in 2017. The title song isn't available elsewhere, while the second, 'Soldiers" is taken from the latest album. This is a great way to find out about a band that will certainly not be on many people's radar, and yet with the string arrangements and vocals, they would be if people just heard them, so this a great idea. I have known about them for more than 20 years now, and am just annoyed that I have been missing put on them for the last few years, but now I know they are back I am going to be watching for future releases with interest. If you enjoy strong thoughtful crossover progressive rock with strong influenced from recent Marillion (except more enjoyable to my ears) why not visit their website, go to the Music tab and download this yourself.
 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.01 | 100 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars

Back in a different life, when I was still working the night shift in a supermarket, and living in an ex-council house in the UK, I used to run a fanzine called Feedback. These were the days before the internet, and as I was one of the few outlets for prog reviews, I used to receive a lot of material from different bands and labels. One of these labels was Musea, and one day they sent me the debut album by Drifting Sun. I said some nice things about them, and I was sent the sophomore release at the end of the Nineties, and then, nothing. Keyboard player Pat Sanders had always been the main man in Drifting Sun, and after some years away he eventually decided to return to the music industry and to resurrect the band name with a brand-new line-up. The third album was released in 2015 (what's sixteen years between friends?), the fourth followed just a year later, and now we are here with the fifth. I haven't heard the intervening albums, but one day out of the blue Pat contacted me again (one advantage of keeping the same email address forever), and asked if I would be interested in hearing what they sounded like today, and now here I am playing Drifting Sun more than 20 years after our paths first crossed.

I deliberately haven't gone back and played the first two albums, although they are still here on my shelves, as I felt that would probably be unfair and I should treat them as a new act. Immediately, what did surprise me were the harmonies and sheer professionalism that pervades this release. It certainly doesn't remind me of what they used to be like, as there is a lot more thought and attention to detail in the arrangements, which are full of space and room for everyone to move and breathe. Although they are different in many ways to Big Big Train, they are the band that they remind me of the most, both in terms of musical construct and how they have moved such a very long way from their roots. ProgArchives list these guys as neo-prog, and at one time that would have been the case, but they have moved far more into the Crossover sub-genre now, and if they were put forward for inclusion now I am sure that is where they would be placed.

They have been heavily influenced by Hogarth-era Marillion, but have managed to stay away from the twee and contribute something that is both interesting and easy to listen to. This is prog that invites the listener in. True, it could never be played just in the background as it might disappear, but when wanting to play music in the evening to sit and relax to then this is almost perfect in many ways. With three albums in three years it is safe to say that Drifting Sun are very much back, and I for one am very glad they are

 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.01 | 100 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Last Winter was a tough one for me, being on my own for the first time in my life after the separation. So I thought of this brilliant idea of going through my Neo-Prog albums that are 4 stars and up hoping this would give me a lift. Well it didn't work but I sure enjoyed the experience. One album that really stood out for me though was "Safe Asylum" by this band DRIFTING SUN. So yes I was really looking forward to spending some time with their latest this past week. Well spin number one was a disappointment but they often are, trouble was that this just never got better even after 8 spins. I would even go as far to say that the first four tracks from "Safe Asylum" are better than my favourite song on "Twilight". Even the singer didn't quite sound the same to my ears but the bottom line for me is that this just isn't nearly as good as the previous record. I did play "Safe Asylum" tonight for comparison sake.

"Twilight(The Other Side Of Life)" opens with synths as the vocals join in followed by a fairly heavy soundscape. The tempo picks up before 1 1/2 minutes with fast paced vocals. It settles 2 minutes in with organ, guitar, drums and more but it's still fairly heavy. Synths only to follow like the intro then a calm with synths and laid back vocals. A relaxed guitar solo before 4 minutes then the vocals return. It kicks in again and there's some nice vocal arrangements when it calms down again. A beautiful guitar solo before 6 minutes followed by passionate vocals.

"Soldiers" opens with acoustic guitar before relaxed vocals, drums, bass and synths take over. It picks up after 1 1/2 minutes but the focus is on the vocals. A calm with piano only after 3 minutes then the bass joins in followed by vocals around 4 minutes. It kicks in again before 5 minutes with the guitar out front. Spoken words 6 1/2 minutes in as it settles right down. "Wings Of Hope" opens with piano as fragile vocals join in. It kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes with prominent bass, drums and synths with guitar to follow. Passionate vocals a minute later then the tempo picks up.

"Summer Skies" is the longest tune on here as almost 11 minutes and this is my favourite by far, it's not close. Like the previous album this one just has some great melodies and emotion. A feel good track all the way. Atmosphere to start as the bass joins in then drums. Guitar is next then vocals just before a minute. The keys and vocals really move me here. So much emotion. It's building. I like the vocal melodies with vocals 3 minutes in. A change follows as it turns emotional as those vocals really impress. I like how themes are repeated as well. The vocalist gets a little carried away before 5 1/2 minutes like he's on American Idol or something. Kind of funny. An instrumental section follows that goes on and on before the vocals return after 8 minutes and there's that gorgeous melody again before 9 minutes. Nice.

"Mystery Of Lies" has some guitar noodling to start in atmosphere. it kicks into gear with vocals just before 2 minutes. I like this. Acoustic guitar and high pitched vocals only after 2 1/2 minutes then it kicks in again as contrasts continue. "Remedy" opens with piano and drums as the guitar grinds away slowly. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes and they do get emotional before 3 1/2 minutes. They stop a minute later as the music becomes more urgent sounding.

"Outside" has an orchestral start before it calms right down with atmosphere and keys. Reserved vocals and acoustic guitar a minute in. Keys then strings return as well. It kicks in hard just before 2 minutes with heavy drums then the tempo picks up with fast paced vocals. I'm not into this. Piano only before 4 minutes then it builds with drums, vocals and more.

"Remain" kicks into a full sound rather quickly. Spoken words just before 2 minutes as the instrumental sound stays constant. Vocals are back 2 1/2 minutes in and I like the sound a minute later with piano and drums before the guitar starts to solo. Synths replace the guitar around 4 1/2 minutes. A calm with vocals before 6 minutes but the sound does get fuller.

A pretty good album but no more than 3 stars for me. I'm looking forward though to some of their earlier albums if I can track them down.

 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.01 | 100 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by The Jester

5 stars Review # 65. Twilight is the brand new album by Drifting Sun, that was released a few days ago, on the 1st of September 2017. It is the band's 5th studio album, and I dare say that it is their best work so far. I was lucky enough to have the digital version in my hands, almost 2 weeks before the album's official release, and I listened to it lots of times. I am not going to present the album song by song here, but I will try to give you the general "picture". Twilight is Drifting Sun's 3rd studio release in the last 3 years. (And 5th overall). After a long break, Pat Sanders reformed the band and released Trip the Life Fantastic in 2015 that was their first album of the new period, followed by Safe Asylum, one year later. In comparison with the two previous albums, Twilight is better in every aspect. Further than the top notch musicianship, there is a great improvement when it comes to the compositions. Twilight is not as dark as Safe Asylum, or so "easy going" like Trip the Life Fantastic. Here, the compositions became better and more complicated, without becoming boring or tiring for the listener. The band kept its unique sound, which is driven by the wonderful keyboards of Pat Sanders. Also, Mathieu Spaeter's performance on guitar is really good, and it is adding many points to the final outcome! (Mathieu is the band's new guitar player, who came as a replacement of Dan Storey). When I listened to the album for the first 1-2 times, I realized that it was a good one, better than the previous ones, but that was it. But with every new listen, I was discovering more and more things I loved in it. And believe it or not, finally I was listening to it almost 2-3 times a day. For that reason, I strongly recommend that you pay some extra attention to it and you will be rewarded. Now that I know the album really well, I can say that I love almost every moment in it, starting with the opening song, which is one of my most beloved ones. Speaking of beloved songs, here's my list: Twilight, Wings of Hope, Soldiers and Remedy. Because I like all the songs in this album, I usually put it in my CD player, I press "play" and I am listening to it without a break. If you know Drifting Sun, have in mind that this is their best work so far, so do not hesitate to go and buy Twilight. If you don't know them so well, this a very good starting point. If you know them, but you don't like them, well, there's nothing I can do about that, can I? In my opinion, this is one of the best releases of 2017, so far at least. Congratulations, this is an excellent job! Highly Recommended! My rating would be 4.5 out of 5.0 stars
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