Drivers’ Newest Release Blossoms with Wobbling Spirit
By Sonny Forrest
Aside from being lovely people, Donnie and Maddy, the Denver-based duo that compose Krooked Drivers, cook up beats that give you a feeling similar to the one you might experience in the moments before you sprout wings from your back and take to a painted sky. And they’ve just released a new full-length album!
The Drivers’ LP, “Finding the Way,” sparkles with vinyl samples. They’ve stuck to their tinging-vinyl-samples-with-nuanced-electro recipe, which, reminiscent of SuperBestRecords label mate Michael Menert, proves a successful formula for getting people to move their bodies during shows. Because the tracks are layered with killer record store gems, each one is patina’d with a retro haze. The samples are varying degrees of retro, inviting listeners’ minds on a miniature time travel vacation.
And the album’s sonic atlas is so well drawn that it’s sometimes easy to forecast the sound’s direction. That’s not to say that the sound is predictable; it’s more a function of mindful track architecture, seamless sound design intuitively compelling and pleasurable in its familiarity.
My favorite track is “Another Day,” with its eerie synth melody atop a friendly Colorado wobble. It’s an intoxicating pattern of sounds that will imprint itself on your brain. Also, check out the “Something in the Air” single, which features a string instrument effected so it flutters above the track’s dynamic tempo. And, I can’t forget to mention that the foggy vocal sample on “No Use Pretending” is both haunting and gorgeous.
The Krooked Drivers flex their production finesse on this album, cauterizing the act’s sounds in a single extended-listen release. I can’t wait to see these tracks live.