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Since the 2015 release of Drab Majesty’s debut Careless, and the release of the acclaimed sophomore album The Demonstration the following year, artist Deb Demure and collaborator Mona D. have firmly established themselves amongst the pantheon of dark synth-pop greats, establishing a devoted fan base worldwide with their singular hypnotic sound and mysterious, constantly-evolving presence.
Following intense and extensive touring in support of the first two albums, Drab Majesty escaped to the inspirational landscapes of Athens, Greece to channel the songs for their most ambitious album creation yet: Modern Mirror.
Blowing the dust off the antiquarian myth of Ovid’s “Narcissus”, Drab Majesty uses its premise as groundwork for a modern reinterpretation. Each song 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. Setting the stage as a romantic saga of antiquity, “A Dialogue” asks the listener if they are truly in love amid a building wash of guitars and reverb. Elements of classic tragedy weigh heavily in the reflection of Modern Mirror in songs like “The Other Side”, possessing a fundamental sound that is energetic, luminous and hopeful. Fusing the sonic aesthetics of predecessors like New Order and The Cure within the cautious instruction of Greek mythology and modern science fiction, Drab Majesty has birthed a hybrid of dreamy malaise, captured for a future moment.
The first single “Ellipsis”, romantically plays up the distorted concept of courting through modern technology in a world that has yet to adapt, while on “Long Division”, Deb’s resounding guitar cascades around the chorus shared with No Joy's Jasamine White-Gluz, wistfully warning us against our vanity and self-obsession. Even when hope for everlasting love peeks through in “Oxytocin”, a sparkling and stoic track sung by Mona D., we are firmly reminded our fleeting existence.
Modern Mirror is 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.
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). Packaging and design by Juan Mendez of Jealous God/Silent Servant. Photography by Nedda Afsari (Muted Fawn).
First edition vinyl pressing on 45 RPM hi-fi double LP, packaged in a 24pt wide spine reverse board jacket with two reverse board euro sleeve lyric inserts. Compact disc comes packaged in clear jewel case housed within a reverse board slip-case with lyric booklet.
Second Pressing (w/ 1xLP 33 RPM Vinyl) Formats:
- Clear / Red Splatter Vinyl | 200 edition
- Black Smoke Vinyl | 500 edition
- Transparent Green Vinyl | 800 edition
- Transparent Purple Vinyl | 1000 edition
- Clear Vinyl | 1000 edition
- Black Vinyl
- Compact Disc
First Pressing (w/ 2xLP 45 RPM Vinyl) Formats:
- Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl 2xLP + T-Shirt Bundle | 200 edition (sold out)
- Clear Yellow Vinyl 2xLP | 500 edition (sold out)
- Clear Blue Vinyl 2xLP | 700 edition (sold out)
- Clear Red 2xLP | 800 edition (sold out)
- Clear Vinyl 2xLP | 1200 edition
- Black Vinyl 2xLP | 1600 edition
- Compact Disc