“Drifting Away” is full of warm, retro, and pure rock music!
5. UP IN THE AIR
I would love to hear “Up In The Air” at a live show.
The guitar steals the show on “Up In The Air.” The fingerpicking patterns that Christian Tobon blesses us with on the song are Carlos Santana-Esque, to me. As for the rest of the instruments, they mesh together to create a feel that is synonymous with the bohemian era of the ’60s.
4. SUMMER RUSH
“Summer Rush” is a personal favorite of mines (I think it’s OK to be greedy from time to time).
The fingerpicking that you hear in “Summer Rush” is stimulating to listen to. Also, the song’s easygoing melodies will feel therapeutic to you, while the drum patterns you hear will make you bop your head. I also love that this song has a splash of edginess attached to it.
I am amazed that Tobon made “Nightfall” all by his lonesome, as the song is very complex.
You get a tug-o-war between pleasing and energetic vibes on “Nightfall.” While the bongo drums and contagious fingerpicking in the song should lower your heart rate, the exciting pace should keep your mind, body, and soul restless.
2. SHORE WALK
“Shore Walk” is an action-packed tune that would add some intensity to an everyday walk.
More than anything, you have to love the blast of feel-good vibes that “Shore Walk” gives off. In the song, Christian Tobon fearlessly combines climbing guitar riffs with irregular piano melodies and impactful drums. As the song plays on, the more and more extreme it gets; so keep your seatbelt buckled from start to finish.
“Exhilaration” will make you want to visit the closest beach to you (Even in the winter).
“Exhilaration” boasts reverb-heavy guitars, a heckuva tempo, and hard hitting drums. While listening to the song, you will find an urge to hop on your surfboard and plow through rigorous waves that think they can one-up you.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. EXHILARATION (5/5)
2. SHORE WALK (5/5)
3. WITHOUT DELAY (4/5)
4. NIGHTFALL (5/5)
5. WANDERING MINDS (4/5)
6. SUMMER RUSH (5/5)
7. UP IN THE AIR (5/5)
8. TROUBLED SEAS (4/5)
9. UNDER WATER (4/5)
10. DRIFTING (4/5)
11. CONTEMPLATING (4/5)
12. COASTAL BREEZE (5/5)
Believe it or not, Moseying Mariners is a one-member band. Yes, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, and drummer Christian Tobon is responsible for all of the music that you hear on Drifting Away.
They simply don’t make music like the music that you hear on Drifting Away anymore. Throughout the album, Christian Tobon tackles surf rock, garage rock, and beach pop in ways that are both progressive and fearlessly. He also finds ways to toy with all kinds of melodies, all-kinds of vibes, all kinds of instruments, and all kinds of harmonies. To call Tobon a “musical genius” wouldn’t be enough; I prefer to call him a “fearless musical genius that has a steady grip on the wheel whenever he makes unexpecting turns.”
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.