Review: Dad Bod – ‘The Drifter’ (Single and video)

Dad Bod released a really chill downtempo bedroom pop single called The Drifter via Nice Guys.
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Dad Bod released a downtempo bedroom pop song called The Drifter through Nice Guys. The single has a really chill tone, with lots of reversed effects as the band sings about growing older.

The single has a minute thirty intro, opening with guitar and bass running through trippy reversed effects. With the acoustic rhythm strumming, tripled (left and right further down in the mix, and a predominate layer in the center), a reversed bright synths hard panned, and bass plucking out the melody.

I wanted to be left out
Thought I could seek things out
Left without saying how
Wandered through open
Doors and open arms

Dad Bod – The Drifter (BandCamp)

From there, the song builds with a simple drum mic setup (kick, snare top, and overhead), additional percussion, and bass laying down root notes. Vocal layers come in with a dark spring reverb filling space in the center. It’s a lo-fi song that vibes hard.

Dad Bod – The Drifter (YouTube)

The music video are scenes of driving through the Rocky Mountains to a cabin by a frozen lake. The Super 8 footage shows the band sliding on ice, and writing music in a large room with windows that overlook the snowy landscape.

The band produced the single, and Brian Zieske mastered it. Expect a full-length from the band later this year (via Nice Guys).

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Kevin Flick
Kevin Flick

Kevin Flick founded Puddlegum in 1997 and has been engaging in music journalism off and on since. He's also a recording/mixing engineer and loves to help bands work through the creative process. He has coproduced and mixed for artists such as Saeyers, Midi Memory, and Cathedral Bells.

Rumors are that he's a Brighton Hove & Albion FC fan. He's also obsessed with coffee. Kevin resides in the college community of Bloomington, Indiana, where he studied at Indiana University.

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