Ethereal, mysterious, psychedelic, and eclectic are some of the words used to describe Thriftworks’ unique sound. Jake Atlas AKA Thriftworks started making music when he was just sixteen, living in his hometown of Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. He moved to the East Bay of CA in the fall of 2008 to attend Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. He now lives with two roommates who he closely collaborates with. Jacob Van Leeuwen, aka Jake Lion creates all of Atlas’ album artwork and Diamond Harris, aka Mythicalifornian is a rapper he has worked with since 2009. Harris’ voice is featured in a few of Thriftworks’ songs, although so distorted it can be hard to recognize as even human. This mutilation of sound is what makes Thriftworks’ music so mythical and intriguing.
His latest album; The Feather and the Sword brings listeners through a unique journey with every song having it’s own special character. A magical foundation of bass, along with multiple bizarre and trippy layers of vocal samples come together to create a sonic adventure. This album has a more tribal feel than his other songs, deeply rooted in percussion and featuring several flute like samples that carry through the album. Each song has a meditative, calming beat that drives and unites the rest of the melodic samples. Bone Roaster’s anthem stood out to me in terms of rhythm and repetition that sends you into a trance like state. Ultimately, this is a meditative album that explores both the recognizable and unrecognizable sounds of nature. The last song of the EP; Vanilla Pea Milker is the most liquid and mesmerizing of them all. The rhythm is much more subtle in this song, with soft vibrations of a distant guitar, bells and synths that later come in to drive the song to a blissful conclusion.
After releasing this album, Thriftworks is touring through the US and is playing at Wonderbar in Allston, on April 16th. Tickets are just $12 – a steal for the incredible experience his live performance will be. Grab your tickets now, this is a concert you don’t want to miss.
Check out his latest album below: