Adam Stafford is an experimental pop master. After last year’s Taser Revelations embraced the ‘pop’ end of that spectrum, he’s back at the ‘experimental’ end for his latest project. REVERSE DRIFT is the kind of multimedia experiment he was always meant to make: a 56-page photobook paired with a 40-minute recording.
The beautiful photobook features 24 landscape photographs by Adam, taken over a period of 18 years, 1999-2017.
The single composition in three movements was recorded live and semi-improvised in one take with no overdubs and was created only with a synthesizer, a sequencer, some effects pedals and Adam’s voice.
Reverse Drift: when too much ice thaws and breaks next to an ocean or river it makes the water run backwards.
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“Probably the closest Stafford has come to the US minimalism of Steve Reich. That songs can stimulate the head one minute and break the heart the next would be a triumph for any musician. Yet again, Adam Stafford has created one of the best albums of the year (in `Taser Revelations’).” – The National
“Adam Stafford’s set was stunning, a wash of looped guitar, effects pedal and vocal soundtrack atmospherics.” – The Scotsman (4/5)
“A songwriter of real depth, rich in understanding, in melodic virtuosity, his work has gradually built up into an imposing, heroic catalogue.” – Clash Magazine
“Adam Stafford is one hell of a force and quite possibly one of the best live artists of our times.” – God is in The TV