Both Ariel Loh and Aaron Mendelsohn once used to make indie-rock with Brooklyn bands Stone Cold Fox and Isadora. Ariel soon went on to make a soundtrack for the horror film ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, natch) and soon realised that the more ambient soundscapes he was producing were perfect for the type of songs Aaron had been writing. Now, the pair have teamed up to form a new outfit, Drinker, and while Ariel also produces shimmering works for the likes of Yoke Lore, it’s a project that consolidates all their sides into a single package.
Their debut EP ‘Happy Accident’ (out on 11th August via Dollar Slice Records) therefore seems pretty aptly titled. Although, ironically, even though their inception seems to be something of a moment of serendipity, their output is intricately, almost meticulously crafted. Case in point: the last glimpse into the EP before it’s released, ‘Sinking / Feeling’. It kicks off as a sensitive, yearning ballad accompanied by small flares of synth, before introducing slices of acoustic guitar and twinkling piano. Embedded in-between are tiny details, little flourishes of percussion and electronic tones that help develop the atmosphere before it all comes together in a surprisingly frenetic, climactic swirl.
Speaking of the track, Aaron said: “A sinking feeling for me is a pit in your stomach, an emptiness where it shouldn’t be empty. I was writing it around the time I decided to leave New York… it’s about leaving this time in my life behind, and not feeling so sure about what happened”. Despite Aaron’s own feelings though, there’s little chance of ‘Sinking / Feeling’ leaving you hollow.
Get the first spin of ‘Sinking / Feeling’ below.