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Above 05:46
Intrinsic 04:33
Forward 06:45
Still 03:55
Desolate 06:08


Through delicately shifting textures and the hum of slow-swirling synthesizers, the Desolate recognizes hopelessness and pushes past it with aspirations for a brighter future. The yearning drones of Desolate paint an undeniably bleak portrait, but ultimately concern themselves with moving onward in the face of loss.

The heart of Desolate is its ability and willingness to contemplate the ambiguities of desolation. At its most hopeless, the music broods, cold and unflinching, but as it meditates further and opens up, each track offers a way through the fog of desolation and into the light. On “Above,” that way through is the climbing yowls of a synthesizer plodding its way to the forefront of the mix. On “Forward,” the way through takes the form of a slow, passionate fade into oblivion—a coming to peace with what came before. Desolate charts an uneasy path, but it is the path necessary for recuperation.


released April 15, 2020

All songs written and recorded by Derrick Stembridge

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio


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Drifting In Silence Raleigh, North Carolina

Drifting in Silence is the name of a longstanding ambient project undertaken by multi-instrumentalist and composer Derrick Stembridge. Stembridge chose the name as "a description of the feeling evoked by the music," intended to create the sensation of movement through regions of light and shadow. ... more

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