Where most musicians opt for a brief sojourn in that there Berlin to get their creative juices flowing (something in the water I've heard), Drab Majesty opted for the Athens in Greece. Modern Mirror is the result, a guitar saturated dark synth pop interpretation of the Greek mythology that asks what it is to love. On Dais.
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*Looks closely at ‘Modern Mirror’ by Drab Majesty* Ah yes, goth.
That said, the first thing the band’s third album reminds me of is the cinematic production of El-P. Opening track ‘A Dialogue’ has that same cinematic grandiosity the hip hop producer can pull off when he’s not being plain silly. Though that might be because I’ve never really listened to goth, hell I’ve never even listened to an entire album by the Cure (so shoot me).
But even I'm pretty sure this is goth as hell. If you told me the guitar riff on ‘Ellipsis’ had been written by Robert Smith I would have believed you. Everything from the shining tone to the melody seem designed to evoke the titan in their field. I can even hear a bit of Smith in how most of the record is sung. There’s also something of New Order about the group, though that might just be me latching onto their drum machines and refusing to let go. But some of these tracks are genuinely quite danceable, despite its brooding air, the drum beat and frenetic synths on ‘Dolls In The Dark’ have me tapping my foot.
Those moments compare nicely to the more atmospheric one. Last track ‘Out Of Sequence’ opens with a lot of reverbed guitars, letting us just dwell on them. Finally the drum beat kicks in and we’re back at the indie disco.
*Looks back at ‘Modern Mirror’ by Drab Majesty* Yep, still goth.
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