Taken from Ovid’s Narcissus themed album, ‘Modern Mirror.’ Out July 12th on Dais & live dates this Autumn.
Following their recent appearance at Primavera Barcelona and regional UK shows, LA duo DRAB MAJESTY have shared a third single from new LP ‘Modern Mirror’, which is set for release on July 12th via Dais Records.
Blowing the dust off the antiquarian myth of Ovid’s “Narcissus”, Drab Majesty use its premise as groundwork for a modern reinterpretation. ‘Modern Mirror’ fuses synth-pop-noir aesthetics within the cautious instruction of Greek mythology and modern science fiction, birthing a hybrid of romantic dreamy malaise, captured for a future moment.
Drab Majesty’s Mona D commented on new single “Oxytocin”, saying: “The music was written on a demo rig by Deb while in the backstage of a Warsaw venue waiting to soundcheck. We were on tour with Kaelan Mikla and they were sound-checking while Deb offered this 2-chord repetitive idea that he later expanded upon to create to music for the song. Lyrically the track points to the salad days of a relationship and it’s fleeting energy – The games that are played to maintain the magic. Oxytocin is this fleeting energy of the initial love bond – that seminal semi-permanent spark of enlightenment and obsession only to expire over the course of time and experience.”
The track comes accompanied by a striking video, directed by Leigh Violet, who explains it: “We’re invited subtly inward, beyond the persona into a vulnerable zone, calling to the surface subtle insights about the alternate environs Drab Majesty seem to inhabit. A mood piece eschewing narrative in favour of aesthetic intuition, the video captures a fleeting space between dimensions that disappears again just when we begin to latch hold.”
Over the course of two records the LA-based project of Deb Demure and Mona D has steadily built a devoted fan base worldwide with their singular hypnotic sound and mysterious, constantly-evolving presence. Following intense touring in support of the first two albums, including 2018 runs with The Smashing Pumpkins and Deafheaven, they escaped to the inspirational landscapes of Athens, Greece to channel the songs for their most ambitious album creation yet: ‘Modern Mirror’.
Each song on the record tells a piece of the story in which the listener’s own self-identity has become warped and dissociated through rapidly expanding technology, losing touch with the origins of their own personalities. It’s a journey of self-reflection, nostalgia, love, beauty, and heartbreak told across eight addictive and emotional synth pop anthems – a seemingly classic tale delivered unblinkingly through the frame of the modern world.
‘Modern Mirror’ was produced by Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and mastered by Dave Cooley, with appearances by Jasamine White-Gluz (No Joy) and Justin Meldal-Johnson (NIN, Beck, M83, Air) with packaging and design by Juan Mendez of Jealous God/Silent Servant.
‘Modern Mirror’ will be released on July 12th via Dais Records. Pre-order here: http://hyperurl.co/DrabMajesty
Drab Majesty European tour dates:
Sept 18 – London, UK – Dingwalls
Sept 19 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
Sept 21 – Leeds, UK – Wharf Chambers
Sept 22 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
Sept 24 – Paris, FR – Petit Bain
Sept 25 – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
Sept 26 – Nijmegen, NL – Merleyn
Sept 27 – Antwerp, BE – Het Bos
Sept 28 – Utrecht, NL – DB´s
Sept 30 – Köln, DE – Bumann & Sohn
Oct 01 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof
Oct 02 – München, DE – Ampere
Oct 03 – Leipzig, DE – Conne Island
Oct 04 – Hannover, DE – Bei Chez Heinz
Oct 05 – Berlin, DE – Bi Nuu
Oct 11 – Athens, GR – The Temple
Oct 15 – Hamburg, DE – Übel & Gefährlich
Oct 16 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega
Oct 17 – Gothenborg, SE – Musikens Hus
Oct 18 – Oslo, NO – BLA
Oct 19 – Stockholm, SE – Fristaden
Oct 20 – Malmo, SE – Plan B
Oct 22 – Poznan, PL – Pod Minogą
Oct 23 – Gdansk, PL – Drizzly Grizzly
Oct 24 – Warsaw, PL – Hydrozagadka
Oct 25 – Prague, CZ – Klub 007
Oct 26 – Bratislava, SK – Kulturák klub
Oct 28 – Budapest, HU – Dürer Kert
Oct 29 – Wien, AT – Arena
Oct 30 Lubijana, SL – Gromka
Oct 31 – Vicenza, IT – Vinilie
Nov 01 – Martigny, CH – Caves du Manoir
Nov 02 – Ravenna, IT – Bronson