Many of us have tons of music inside of us but require the proper catalyst to get it all out. That could be a collection of experiences that opens up the mental flow of music and lyrics. Another push could come from meeting the right people that just seem to inspire you. For our recent discovery Binary Drift, it seems like each of these has played a major role in the creation of his newest album Pocket Tunes.
Originally from Lima, Peru, Mauricio Yrivarren is the mind behind the Binary Drift project. He spent many years in the United States before moving back to Madrid, Spain in 2010. These multiple different cultures must have had an influence on his unique sound. A mix of varied genres such as brit-pop, bossa nova, disco, and indie rock can be heard. This is world music for the modern age.
After trying to force songs that lacked real feeling for him, music had taken a back seat for a while in Mauricio’s life. A meeting with Spanish producer and session musician Josemi Sánchez a light went on and they began working together on the songs that would become Pocket Tunes.
The 11 track record by Binary Drift takes us on a journey through these multiple styles and varied emotions of the songwriter. The soft acoustic opener “All These Years Gone By” lets the music enter our hearts and souls with a welcoming embrace. Warm, cozy and sweet.
Binary Drift Sets The Tone With ‘Drifting’
As we get to “Drifting” the tone gets a little darker and a little more adventurous. The vocals remain sweet and the melody softens the blow. This is a great example of mixing multiple styles into one complete package. The Latin rhythms come to the forefront with a funk vibe on “Love U Blind”. This is the one where the energy really starts to build and the listener will find a challenge keeping his toes from tapping and head from bopping along.
We are brought back down for a closer fell on “A Song For Vampires”. Minimalistic guitar and vocals start the track but are soon joined by wind instruments and wooden drum sounds to give us a world music flavor. “Power Inc” continues this funky energy.
When we reach the album closer “The Guilded Age” we are ready for the mellow tone that Binary Drift wants to leave us with. A truly beautiful song that draws the listener in close to experience it in their own personal way. Mauricio leaves us with this joy that is ours to keep.
Listen to the Binary Drift Pocket Tunes record on your preferred service HERE.