Back To The Ground
Soul Drifter
Soul Drifter
CD / Digital Release
January 9, 2016

Track list
  1. Lonesome Traveler
  2. Wiseman A Come
  3. On & On
  4. Prisoners
  5. Same Struggle In The Land
  6. Freedom Is Yours
  7. Living Legacy
  8. Long Time
  9. New Day
  10. Holy Harmony
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
From Bordeaux, France, comes the five piece reggae band Soul Drifter, which consists of Quentin Marly (lead vocal, rhythm guitar), Bertrand Vaultier (lead guitar, backing vocals), Emmanuel Chidaine (bass), Gauthier Gonzalez (drums) and Christophe Bissieres (keyboards, backing vocals). Formed in 2010, the band's first official release was a 5-track self-titled EP, which in 2015 was followed by a full length studio album entitled "Back To The Ground". The latter - recorded and mixed at L'Atelier Studio in Vensac, France - features 10 tracka and is released on the band's own Soul Drifter imprint.

Inspired and influenced by artists such as Pablo Moses, Ernest Rangling, The Congos and Groundation, this band has created a sound of its own; roots reggae tinged with jazz and rock. The clear voice of Quentin Marly (who sings in English and reminds us of Sebastian Sturm) and the vocal harmonies on top of the well arranged and well played original riddims, make a real good impression throughout and are a joy to hear. The powerful "Lonesome Traveler", is a solid album opener which incorporates a rock guitar part that might not appeal to every listener. The tempo slows down with the beautiful "Wiseman A Come", one of the highlights here and thus a track that goes on repeat. It's followed by the nice sounding "On & On", which, however, is outmatched by the strong "Prisoners" and the superb "Same Struggle In The Land". After the decent "Freedom Is Yours", it's the jazzy rootsvibe of "Living Legacy" that has great appeal. The last three tracks, "Long Time", "New Day" and the album closer "Holy Harmony", maintain the quality of the preceding tracks, making them also worth hearing more than once.

Musically and lyrically this is an entertaining collection of tunes!