Although Drab Majesty has existed as an entity since 2012, I am only now climbing aboard it’s oddly-structured and oddly mesmerizing train. As if Flock Of Seagulls and the Smiths had a suicidal lovechild, Drab Majesty has crafted something unbelievable.
From the introduction track “Induction,” which leads flawlessly into “Dot In The Sky” you are aware that you you are in for something new and interesting. The new wave washes over my ear drums, begging me to dig deeper. This first track is a very upbeat, pumping jam with somber undertones sprinkled throughout. Whereas “Dot In The Sky” was much more upbeat, “39 By Design” sings of sadness and sorrow, coming in much colder than its predecessor.
And when you think that Drab cannot possibly slow things down and become even softer and more bleak, “Not Just A Name” slides in with haunting form and exits with exquisite force, thrusting us right into the mid-point interlude “Hath No Form.” As this beautiful soundscape is extinguished, we are thrown back into the wildness of “Too Soon To Tell.” This track attempts to touch on the lightness that was “A Dot In The Sky” but falls a bit short in the brightness. That is not to say that “Too Soon To Tell” is anything short of phenomenal sounding. It just maintains that bleak atmosphere. I feel Drab touching a bit on Joy Division on this track, which is always welcome to my ears.
“Cold Souls” draws more on that dark, slow vibe from earlier on in the record, but maintains the sadness and grim nature present throughout. “A Spire Points At The Heavens” acts as another interlude which feeds directly into “Kissing The Ground” which is a much more upbeat and pounding tune than the last few tracks have been. Remember that Flock Of Seagulls reference from earlier? Like that, but if Mike Score was put on suicide watch. Which may actually be the best analogy I’ve ever made..
“Forget Tomorrow” is a tune of a different ilk than we’ve experienced on this album. I don’t really have a comparison, as it is something all its own. It’s smooth, dark and mid-tempo. There are hints of different elements expressed since the beginning of this album, but unlike everything at the same time. This track is haunting and beautiful.
“Behind The Wall” keeps on that same vibe from “Forget Tomorrow” but we are getting a little more possitivity, which is cool. Drab Majesty has crafted something all its own and it’s amazing. As someone just coming into this entity, I am enamoured and blown away by the mysticism and creative force that has been The Demonstration. More please.
Release Date: January 20th, 2017
Label: Dais Records
Favorite Tracks: “Forget Tomorrow” and “39 By Design”
For Fans Of: Soft Kill, The Soft Moon, Cold Cave