On their fourth EP, Careless, released this past June on Dais Records, Drab Majesty conjures a vastness cloaked in a heroin chic disinterest. Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson ought to have danced to this in The Breakfast Club instead of Karla Devitos’s “We Are Not Alone”. The synth buildup in “The Heiress” is reminiscent of the haunting blood-sucking scenes in American Horror Story: Hotel. And for an instant in the opening scene of “The Foyer”, Drab Majesty resembles The Smiths.
The retro new wave post-punk sound is akin to the personas of other bands on this LA label, particularly the group Cold Showers. If you’re feeling particularly angsty and need a drive around your suburban neighborhood one night, this is a great soundtrack for that. My personal favorite, fitting the theme of angst, is “Everything is Sentimental”. I’m a sucker for dream pop and shoegaze and this song does not disappoint. The album does not disappoint either, and if you’re looking for a throwback to the late 80s in the way of really synth-y music, you have found your band. Careless is an electronic masterpiece.