On their latest record, LA outfit Drab Majesty have stuck to their well-honed oeuvre of darkwave electronica peppered with moments of synth pop and dark dream pop, but have also combined it with a lyrical exploration rooted in Greek mythology.
While the heavily electronic and often futuristic sound of the band may seem at odds with such historical subject matter, the two combine in complementary ways. Much like The Cure or New Order, there’s always a pleasant balance between slightly murkier and melancholic tones and glistening melody.
The record often completely steps out of this post-punk-pop template, though and moves straight into shimmering synth-pop, as on highlight Ellipsis, which succeeds in sounding deeply nostalgic and brimming with a warm, contemporary glow.
Daniel Dylan Wray