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Song You Need to Know: Driftwood, ‘3AM’

Teaming up with LVNDVN, ‘3AM’ is another stellar composition from acclaimed Sydney multi-hyphenate Driftwood.

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Matt Scott Chow*

Just a few months on from the release of “Bremfields”, the fresh single from Sydney multi-hyphenate Driftwood, he’s back with another new track, sharing the gorgeous “3AM” today.

Kicking things off with an ambient soundscape before embracing downtempo instrumentation, “3AM” is described by Driftwood as being “a contemporary R&B song with a dance hall pocket and a fluid energy”, while noting it’s “a fluid pocket” that’s “not to be over-thought”.

Working with LVNDVN, the track slowly unfurls itself, relishing in a sense of tension and release, with smooth vibes and slick instrumentation combining to turn it into an unassuming track that needs to be heard repeatedly to fully appreciate. Haunting and emotive, “3AM” feels as though it’s a perfect anthem for its titular period of time, yet also feels like a timeless piece of work which will resonate for years to come.

“‘3AM’ is about being in the wrong place at the right time but still being lost in my own world even in the most extreme environments,” explains Driftwood.

“Myself and Mitchell Sloan produced the song,” he adds. “I wrote and sung my parts then sent it to LVNDVN (an incredible R&B artist in New York who is making some of the best R&B music I’ve ever heard) who wrote and sung his parts and sent it back.”

This collaboration has seen Driftwood make his way over to New York currently, where he’s in the process of writing and recording more music with LVNDVN, in addition to working with a number of top producers on further compositions.

Though it currently remains to be seen when Aussie fans will get the chance to catch Driftwood on local shores once again, he’s set to continue raising his profile on an international scale, with an appearance at London’s Great Escape Festival booked in, in addition to a handful of shows in Mexico this year.

Driftwood’s “3AM” is out this week.