Drab Majesty have announced that they will make their first two transmissions of 2021 — their debut release ‘Unarian Dances’ as well as the Dais Records label debut ‘Unknown to the I’ — available for the first time ever on vinyl. These milestone cassettes were released in 2012 and 2015 respectively, along with inclusion on the 2015 CD compilation ‘Completely Careless,’ but were never committed to vinyl.
The ‘Unarian Dances’ and ‘Unknown to the I’ 12” re-issues finally bring the entire Drab Majesty catalog to vinyl and will be available on May 21st.
Self released in 2012, ‘Unarian Dances’ came out on cassette format, originally limited to 100 copies. The songs on this EP would eventually make their way onto the ‘Completely Careless’ CD collection as bonus tracks, but have never been available on LP format until now. ‘Unarian Dances’ was mastered by Josh Bonati and features beautiful new packaging by Nathaniel Young — cover art is below.
‘Unarian Dances’ track list
In a Hotel (Somewhere)
Fast forward to 2015 when Drab Majesty marked their label debut for Dais Records with the release of the ‘Unknown to the I’ cassette, which featured the title track that would later appear on the group’s first full-length ‘Careless’. The additional early cuts Saturn Inc. and Ultra Violet have previously only been available on digital or as CD bonus tracks. Now, these songs are finally made available on vinyl in 45 RPM 12 inch format, bringing all early Drab Majesty material from the ‘Careless’-era (2015-2015) to vinyl. ‘Unknown to the I’ was also mastered by Josh Bonati and features beautiful new packaging by Nathaniel Young — cover art is below. For the uninitiated, Drab Majesty is the project started by multi-instrumentalist Deb DeMure.
‘Unknown to the I’ track list
Unknown to the I
More about Drab Majesty
With their combination of reverb-drenched guitars, synth bass lines, lofty vocals and rhythmic drum machine beats, Drab Majesty eloquently blends classic New Wave and hints of early 4AD with futuristic originality. Since joined by Mona D on keyboards and vocals, Drab Majesty elevated their sound and presentation and released 2017’s landmark LP ‘The Demonstration’ to great critical acclaim.
The duo went on to tour the world several times over with the likes of Cold Cave, Deafheaven, Uniform and more. Following, Drab Majesty would write, record and release their most recent full-length ‘Modern Mirror’ in July of 2019 and headline a massive North American tour in support of it. Marking the band’s most collaborative effort to date, ‘Modern Mirror’ was produced by Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), mastered by Dave Cooley, and includes appearances from Jasamine White-Gluz (No Joy) and Justin Meldal-Johnson (NIN, Beck, M83, Air). More transmissions will follow in due time.