Spindrift – Songs From The Ancient Age


Spindrift is dangling a switchblade in your face with Songs From The Ancient Age.

From the dusty goth swagger of “Red Reflection” to the dangerous acid nightmares of songs like “Oblivious” and “Diamonds,” this collection documents Spindrift’s 1999-2004 transition from East Coast sonic provocateurs to LA psych specters, proving in the process that they have been—and continue to be—a true force to be reckoned with.

Across many of the tracks on this compilation, the band ignites with skulking guitars, claustrophobic drumming and menacing, exaggerated vocals, like some sort of acid-fueled Cramps/B-52’s jam session. It’s a highly original sound, but not one for the faint of heart…

Elsewhere on the album, there’s twisted vampiric disco funk (“Want Me”), sludgy effects-filled bad trips (“Adavan/Diazapan”) and even a grimy strung-out reinvention of “Some Velvet Morning” that’ll haunt you for days.

The sound on this record exists far outside of time, as it feels simultaneously both retro and current. I’m sure this is how listeners felt about these songs when they first came out, and I’m willing to bet that they will not age a day for another 100 years or so.

For a kaleidoscopic view of Spindrift’s numerous strengths and various powers, Songs from The Ancient Age is a perfect choice (and one hell of an entertaining choice, at that!).

You can snag it here on blood and whiskey colored vinyl right now.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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