photo: Liz Kross
Driftwood Solidar are an inimitably gritty, gutterfolk duo from Philadelphia. Owen Lyman-Schmidt’s guttural, gravely voice and raging mandolin growling atop Bobby Szafranski’s ominously tempered bass compose the band’s distinct sonic-scape, which they skillfully enage to drive tales of injustice with force.
The duo have shared the second single from their upcoming album Stay Ahead of the Wolf to be released October 18.
The track is titled “Marietta” features fervent mandolin playing, dancing with gentle fury at the blurry imperfections of humanity.
Songwriter Owen Lyman-Schmidt explains, “I don’t believe love has neat edges or definite beginnings and endings, but that’s what we’ve been told to expect. On the surface ‘Marietta’ could be a lament about emotionally distant lovers, but I wrote it as a warning about what you risk losing if you insist that love conform to your prefabricated expectations.”