‘I’m not friends with the cool kids, I’m not friends with the weirdos either…’
Stylistically and emotively encapsulating the very implications of its title, the new single Loner, from alt-rock outfit Drifting Shadows, expressively explores the very ache of isolation – the pain so many go through regarding loneliness and feelings of being lost or worthless.
Lyrically fearless and musically fresh, Loner follows an immediately accessible, genuine character for a leading vocal, and proceeds to weave in a uniquely rising and falling soundscape and song, delving into moments of brightness and darkness, lightness and weight, intermittently as things evolve.
While the creative aspects are unpredictable, the consistent resolve to a simple hook works well to keep that memorable thread alive. ‘I’m a loner, nobody knows my name‘ repeats and envelops the listener, amidst a distorted wall of rhythmic alternative rock. This moment ultimately provides some ever-valued escapism, and whole-heartedly connects with those who feel a similar sense of separation from the pack.
Successfully achieving a fine balance between relatable, recognisable songwriting and nostalgic rock, and the authentic originality of an artist devoted to a new way of framing things, Drifting Shadows raise the bar in an interesting way.
The single and video for Loner all at once delivers a clear sense of vulnerability, and a helping hand of comfort and understanding. It’s a strangely addictive little journey, and the nostalgic aspect significantly furthers its reach. Hopefully there’s plenty more music to come.