Chillwave is a common good here in San Francisco but somehow Observer Drift wasn't on my radar until a friend showed me their music over the weekend. Immediately I thought of them as a chill MGMT knock-off however as I listened more to their latest LP, 'Echolocation' I have come to realize that Observer Drift is an amazing band in their own right and that is why I want to highlight one of my favorite tracks, The Long Run.
- What is chillwave? Think of an indie movie and the music that would play as a character runs on the beach. It would sound airy and relaxed which is essentially chillwave. I really enjoy the aesthetic because it is a cross between happy beach vibes and melancholy attitudes.
- The Long Run is a perfect crossbreed between the happy melodies and melancholy vibes of chillwave given the chord progressions and the lyrics. "We were just one. Now we're just two."
- Observer Drift really stood out to me because of their unique sound. In San Francisco, every band tries to capitalize off of that lo-fi pop sound however most blend together and I can't pick out who is who. I don't have that problem with Observer Drift and when I hear one of their songs in the future I can immediately say, "Oh! That's an Observer Drift song."
Check out The Long Run below and be sure to peep 'Echolocation' their latest LP.