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North Atlantic Drift / Press

“Their sound is ambient/electronic and they serve up the perfect soundtrack for a rainy walk through the forest, a hike to the top of a 14’er, a lazy warm afternoon on the beach or anything else your heart desires.”

“Canvas is an album where loops, guitar, synth, processed percussion and lots of unorthodox instrumentation create an imagination of sound so enlarged and so rich that it can break down the hardest of souls. Ambient music is a field of music that will never be defined or broken into a University of thought. It will however continue to break out from the vortex and center of creation that has been instilled into the movement for over 40 years now and be a redefining process of the imagination, not foundations of rhythms or note configurations. It is probably the closest genre to what painting has been achieving through the arts for centuries now. North Atlantic Drift have created a masterpiece with Canvas, a very honest and surreal realization of music that speaks of the earth as much as it does the cosmos.”

“Taking its cue from the monochrome picture of the sea on a rainy day, North Atlantic Drift make an immediate impression as an artistic outfit not only willing to explore the edge of sound, but going further into the exploration of the human psyche, its relationship with the environment and what it takes to make our souls glow (as any ambient outfit that respects itself should do). Canvas isn’t an album that invites you in, but deeply introspective as it is, it grows on anyone willing to be drawn into the world of the album cover. But beware, as this is a cold world. In such a world however, the warmth present throughout the entire album is more appreciated.”

“North Atlantic Drift is a duo from Toronto, Canada, producing an incredibly eclectic sound. Their full-length debut Canvas, out on Polar Seas Recordings, contains influences from post-rock, dark ambient, shoegazing, and various electronica sounds mixed together to create a gorgeous and somber journey. Album opener “From the Static” begins the record on a beautifully downtrodden note, showcasing the duo’s command of minimalism and the lower register. “Luminous” has the duo crafting a purely ambient sound very reminiscent of both early and Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow-era Hammock, and album closer “Mark My Words” displays their use of electronic drums in creating beats to complement the ambient atmospheres present throughout the record. Canvas is indeed polychromatic, and very much a mature mixing of influences.”