I discovered Drifting Sun with the release of Trip the Life Fantastic (2015), and I have been following them ever since. I don't know how they do that, but with every new release, they become better and better.
The band's new album is called "Planet Junkie", which in my ears sounds different in comparison with their previous works.
Maybe one of the reasons is the absence of Peter Falconer, the band's singer.
I don't know why, but suddenly Drifting Sun is without a lead singer!
Pat Sanders, the band's leader, decided to invite some singers he already knew, in order to participate in Falconer's place.
Three of them accepted the invitation, so "Planet Junkie" includes three lead singers instead of one; which adds a lot in the album's dynamic.
The album is separated into 3 major parts and on each part there is a different lead singer.
These 3 parts are divided by an instrumental piece.
So, "Planet Junkie" includes 9 songs and 2 instrumental pieces.
As far as I know, Pat Sanders faced many difficult situations in his personal life lately and many of those situations are reflected in Planet Junkie.
The album is filled with wonderful and melancholic melodies which to my opinion have always been the strong point in their music.
Pat is a skilled composer and musician and he is able to write some heartbreaking melodies which I adore and this album is not an exception.
Yet the album is not only about melancholy and drama.
It also includes some uplifting songs like "Planet Junkie" and "Within Your Bones", for example, which are excellent.
I'm sure that the fans of the band will enjoy this album a lot and, because this is not a typical Drifting Sun album, you should listen to "Planet Junkie" even if you never liked their music before.
Maybe you will be pleasantly surprised by its quality!
Just listen to the album and form your own opinion.
Favorite songs so far: "Within Your Bones", "Missing", "Night Time Sorrow", "Planet Junkie", "Stay with Me".