Best Albums of 2019: Twilight Archive ‘Drift Factor’

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Chris Mancinelli and Tom Vedvik’s “post-jazztronic urban ambient” project Twilight Archive is not prolific – only three albums and two e.p’s since 2003 – so a new release always get my attention. The new e.p. Drift Factor is well up to standard and moody as hell, another head-nodding downtempo fusion of jazz, funk and trip hop cloaked in eerie cinematic atmospheres. Lots of sneaky trumpets, rippling electric piano, pinging guitars and this time some Arabic melodies played on various flutes. From snaking through the alleyways of old Marrakesh to a cat-and-mouse chase through a dark Western metropolis, it’s great cinema of the mind, spare and punchy in sound but dense with ideas.

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