October Drift have announced their new acoustic EP, Naked, out on November 6 via Physical Education Records.

Stripping away the immersive wall of distorted guitars and powerful instrumentation prevalent throughout their much lauded debut album, Forever Whatever, the new EP showcases the band’s diversity as musicians, shining a light on Kiran’s insightful lyricism and evocative vocals, and painting the tracks in a deeply sensitive light.

Including album tracks ‘Naked’ and ‘Cinnamon Girl’, transformed from their original driving anthems into pensive and reflective odes, and the new tracks ‘Like The Snow We Fall’ and ‘Still’, a stunningly emotive and confessional blend of delicate guitar, soaring vocal harmonies and strings, Naked is a showcase of their varied and virtuosic songwriting abilities. 

We thought it was about time we found out more about what makes the band tick, so we asked them to pick the four albums that have influenced their music.

Dan Young: Biffy Clyro – Puzzle

I was given a copy of this album by a friend during my first year at college. I ripped it and stuck it on my iPod (sorry Biffy). The huge guitars and massive chorus melodies instantly stuck out to me, and how it also sounded polished but still raw at the same time.

I think ever since, we’ve always strived to get that huge guitar sound that runs through their choruses.

You’d also be hard pressed to find a better live act!

Kiran Roy: Nick Drake – Bryter Layter

Really difficult to pick just one album but going to go with this today.

Had never heard of him until my parents gave me this CD for I think my 14th birthday. It’s got such a warm, sweet, hopeful charm but it’s also so vulnerable, sombre and fragile.

Cool to find out about John Cale of The Velvet Underground’s involvements in the album (VU also having a big impact on me).

Alex Bishpam: Radiohead – In Rainbows

I never actually find it as hard as I’d think to answer this question.

Although my top five could change on a regular basis, this masterpiece always finds its way at the number one spot. It’s one of those rare records that manages to hit the perfect balance of self indulgence and amazing song writing, and is possibly the best produced album ever made (in my opinion).

The whole album is just so well crafted, there isn’t a single song or even section of a song that doesn’t serve a purpose.

Chris Holmes: The National – High Violet

In my opinion the most complete album ever made.
I remember Dan and Kiran playing it to me in the car on the way to college telling me they just discovered the band they’ve been waiting their whole lives to find. Sonically and lyrically immense, but most importantly – it takes you on a journey.
Has been our soundtrack for both good and bad times over the last 10 years.

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