Drift, the emerging alternative rock ensemble from Wollongong, Australia unveils their highly anticipated debut EP titled "Candyland" set for release on October 4, 2023. The EP follows a series of singles that have been released throughout the past couple years. This powerful collection of songs serves as a poignant metaphor for navigating the complexities of mental health, particularly focusing on depression and anxiety. Candyland encapsulates a metaphorical landscape that represents the allure and danger of indulging in unhealthy patterns. Just as consuming too much candy can lead to adverse effects, immersing oneself in a façade of sweetness can have dire consequences. The EP
delves deep into the struggles of mental health, acknowledging the darkness that can surround us while striving to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Lead vocalist Callum McCombie shares, "The songs on "Candlyland" were written during a time of despair, reflecting my personal battles with depression and anxiety. Crafting this EP became my way of dealing with the turmoil within me. The metaphor of Candyland perfectlycaptures the duality of my experiences—sweet yet toxic, attractive yet destructive." The six tracks on the EP offer a distinct perspective on the journey through emotional turbulence. Candyland encapsulates an emotional spectrum that resonates with listeners, creating a safe space for open conversations about mental health. Drift's EP encourages people to reach out, share their experiences, and seek support from loved ones. Drift, known for their shoegaze and emo influences, has captured their unique soundscapes through collaborating with producer and engineer Chris Peruch. Their music seamlessly weaves jangly guitar layers drenched in distortion and reverb with captivating vocals, offering a powerful and moving experience reminiscent of bands like My Bloody Valentine, DIIV, and Fiddlehead as well as bands like Teenage Wrist, Nothing, and Basement.
Stream the previously released single "Begin" from the forthcoming EP below, and be on the lookout for their next single "Burden" set for release on August 30th, 2023.