“The themes of their songs also illustrate the importance of women and motherhood in their society. During our interview, they sing us a song about breastfeeding. That’s not a song writing topic we’d ever come across before but, as their voices travel 6,000 miles to us, out hairs stand on end.” The Magpies (Morning Star, UK)
Outlet Drift is an experimental Amis band hailing from Taitung, consisting of Wushang Pihay, Putad Pihay, and Linken. With their music, the trio takes their listeners on a spiritual journey that's both intense and meditative. Putad's bass line provides a hypnotic tempo that sets the stage for Wushang's guitar, which ranges from whispers to roars, expressing both anger and enthusiasm. Linken's drumbeat is often surprising, changing in unexpected ways, and together, their sounds create a narrative that speaks volumes.
While they start with catchy melodies, Outlet Drift is not afraid to explore free improvisation, rising and falling like the ocean waves that Putad's bass mimics. The band draws inspiration from traditional indigenous songs, harvest festival dances, and Amis art and ritual, combining each member's unique style and identity to create a cohesive whole.
What's more, Outlet Drift doesn't limit themselves to modern instruments. Instead, they skillfully use self-made ones that are made with natural materials, creating a stronger connection and dialogue with the earth. The result is a sound that's both innovative and grounded in tradition.