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Song You Need to Know: Driftwood, ‘Bremfields’

The latest effort from Sydney multi-hyphenate Driftwood, “Bremfields” sees him collaborating with British rapper Still Greedy.

Tristan Tringali*

Sydney multi-hyphenate Driftwood has today unveiled his latest remarkable single, teaming up with British rapper Still Greedy for the massive “Bremfields”.

Equal parts emotive, arresting, and explosive, “Bremfields” is Driftwood’s first single for the year, and follows on from a massive trio of singles released throughout 2020. Content on keeping up that momentum, “Bremfields” is comparable to the likes of golden-era Kanye West, with the sort of eclectic and innovative production techniques utilised on records such as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus shining though as electronic and R&B stylings shine through to create something truly unique.

Collaborating with Still Greedy to provide a melodic anchor to the track, it’s complemented by backing vocals from Platinum-selling, ARIA-nominated Reigan Derry (Snoop Dog, Jay Z, Neo), adding to the already massive star power on the cut.

“This single is about breaking the fourth wall,” explains Driftwood. “It’s about the idea that there could be subterranean energies and other factors operating within other paradigms of consciousness. It’s about feeling like I’m trapped within this paradigm, and I don’t belong here…the one thing I love about art is I have a licence to explore ideas, no matter how crazy they may seem.”

Meanwhile, “Bremfields” also comes paired with a powerful visual accompaniment self-directed and edited by Driftwood himself, which features slow shots of human movement against gorgeous natural backdrops.

“I direct and edit all my videos now,” notes Driftwood. “I came up with the idea and the aesthetic behind the visual as well.  They represent the ebb and flow, the push and pull, the yin and yang of energies which are manifested within the material universe…my creative team is small, but we get it done.

“Too many bodies fuck up the flow and a lot of the time are unnecessary for what I am trying to accomplish.”

While he’s a truly impressive artist on all fronts, it remains to be seen what the future holds for Driftwood. However, he remains humble, armed with no grand plans to do anything except dive head first into the world of creativity.

“I’m just an artist creating pieces of work I want to create and doing it independently,” he explains. “I’m not signed to a major record deal, and up until late last year, I did everything on my own, with the help of a few friends, and without any backing.

“You don’t need to be signed, or in the cool crowd to create what you want to create. No one has a monopoly on art.”

Driftwood’s “Bremfields” is out now.