Drift by The Apartments was roundly lauded by critics at the time of its original release in 1993. The chamber-pop gem tells the story of characters who drift in and out of each other’s lives and the songs within.This reissue was mastered at half speed and is lovingly packaged in a gatefold sleeve. The Apartments are the brainchild of Australian singer/songwriter Peter Milton Walsh who started his career in an early incarnation of Aussie pop heroes The Go-Betweens.
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- TAL057LP / Half-speed remastered vinyl LP on Talitres, housed in gatefold sleeve
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I know. The fact that I didn't know about the Apartments until quite recently still hurts. Imagine all the rainy nights I could have spent indoors by candlelight listening to them? Well better late than never, they are here now and 2015's 'No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal' still lurks around my home stereo just waiting for me to feel slightly sad (not a long wait).
This is a re-issue of their 1993 album 'Drift' and from the initial couple of tracks you can tell that it suffers a bit from that slightly lively production a lot of '90s albums had - really loud drums as if the band have been recorded in a noisy pub and are playing as loud as possible to drown out the chattering clientele. Therefore this album veers a little nearer the Triffids than the Go -Betweens and Peter Walsh's poetic verse is lost a little amid the racket. Still what we get is chiming Antipodean pop that could happily soundtrack the cafe scenes in Neighbours.
The quality rises higher though when strings are introduced. Both 'Poor Cow' and 'All His Stupid Friends' are both beautifully arranged examples of chamber pop. Walsh's end of the bar mutterings are perfectly suited to this quieter music and there's enough here to point towards what he eventually went on to achieve. One for fans of the Go-Betweens who have worn their albums down to the bone.
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