Boomkat Product Review:
L.A.’s Deb DeMure, a.k.a. Drab Majesty, captures the heart ache and glamour of his home city in the purple neon-lit wave pop of Careless, his debut album with NYC’s Dais Records and also his highest profile release to date.
Inspired by the range of characters on his childhood bus trips from “home in crumbling Hollywood to his grandmother’s apartment, nestled in the pastel pristineness of Beverley Hills”, as well as later troubles with drugs and the death of a loved one, Drab Majesty packages nostalgia and emotion with a sincerity that’s equal parts timeless pop romance and late ‘80s/early ‘90s Californian ennui, and it works a treat.
His candy flossed guitar reverbs are undoubtedly debted to The Cure in the best way from The Foyer thru Entrance And Exits, while the vocal harmonies float and flit between Robert Smith-style naval gaze and pure Paddy McAloon swoon, vaulted to sky-kissing levels of MBV sehnsucht in Unknown To The I, or like a less laconic John Maus produced by Cliff Martinez in the The Heiress, whilst Foreign Eye clearly salutes classic dancefloor Depeche Mode.
Really classy stuff. Tip!