Top 5: Spindrift

In early November of 2010, Spindrift spent a weekend in Salt Lake City, playing a show at The Garage on Saturday night and a second show on Sunday night at Urban Lounge. Instead of playing an identical set list, at Urban they opted to play a set of songs off of their then-unreleased album, Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1. The songs seemed moodier and spookier than their earlier work, but just as sexy. Six months later, when Classic Soundtracks hit the streets, my initial impressions of what I had heard were confirmed. Spindrift’s Classic Soundtracks unfolds much like the name suggests it would—a soundtrack to some long-forgotten, dusty spaghetti western. It opens with “Japexico”—a haunting, 18-second-long track featuring only a Native American flute—creating the perfect sonic backdrop for the opening credits to roll. Next, it dives into the bone-crushing “Space Vixens Theme,” which utilizes a soaring, moaning female vocalist over a spooky sitar. It’s during this song where you would likely meet the leading lady of this Western epic. And then comes “Hellbound,” which barrels down the highway at midnight at over a hundred miles an hour. This is where you’d meet your brooding villain. Although the album is largely instrumental, the narrative structure of the music is still apparent on each of the 14 tracks, which conjure up images of space aliens, werewolves, ghost towns and abandoned roadside diners. “When I was Free” radiates with a loose, jangly sound, and you can picture the hero of your film riding away on horseback into the sunset after escaping some near catastrophe. Classic Soundtracks could be the backing music to any grind house film and it emulates everything that makes the Old West so eerie and appealing. 
–Jeanette D. Moses