|Drab Majesty / Demonstration, The|
|Add Date:||2017-02-08|| ||Pull Date:||2017-04-12|| |
|Week Ending:||19 Feb||12 Feb|
Darkwave. Sophomore album from Deb DeMure, the goth alias of Andrew Clinco who also plays drums in Marriages (amazing band). Deb makes what he calls “mid-fi tragic wave”, and his creative process involves relinquishing control of his body to a divine influence to receive his ideas. His music is characterized by glowing synths and drum machines, and deals with notions of death and transcendence. As Drab Majesty he rises above gender distinctions into something more cosmic. I found this record much more consistent than the first record, and you really can’t go wrong with any track.|
Related: Cold Cave, Sisters of Mercy, Dais Records/LA goths
1. (0:59) Induction—Steadily building synthscape that leads into the next track. Play together.
2. (5:27) *** Dot in the Sky—Propulsive, uplifting, with a powerful chorus.
3. (5:00) *** 39 by Design—Bit more somber, with blurred vocals that let the synths and hissing electronic noises stand out.
4. (6:03) *** Not Just a Name—Melancholy, yearning vocals and more muted synths. Gets into something more driving towards the end.
5. (2:45) Hath No Form—Glowing ambient interlude.
6. (4:07) ** Too Soon to Tell—Driving drum machines, earnest vocals, soaring.
7. (5:26) *** Cold Souls—“The single.” Uplifting synth nostalgia with a beautiful cosmic outro. Probably incredible live.
8. (1:07) A Spire Points at the Heavens—Metallic ambience. The faintest sounds of voices.
9. (3:48) ** Kissing the Ground—Extremely fast, urgent.
10. (4:54) ** Forget Tomorrow—Dark, grimy 80s goth feel. Creative synths in the second half.
11. (6:05) * Behind the Wall—Intense, snarling vocals and a sense of urgency. Some dreamy parts. Long, cloudy ambient fade.
12. (5:22) * Too Soon to Tell (Cold Cave Remix)—Classic remix from these darkwave weirdos. Extremely fast shooting beats and falsetto vox. If you like Cold Cave you’ll dig this.
13. (5:35) Forget Tomorrow (Drew McDowall Remix)—Harsh noise and stark almost spoken vocals.
14. (4:48) * 39 by Design (Martial Canterel Remix)—Super downtempo and dreamy, reminded me instantly of Ulrich Schnauss.
15. (4:10) ** Kissing the Ground (Silent Servant Remix)—Driving head-nodding ethereal wrapped in a silver sheen.