The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: Drab Majesty

Another rough year corresponded to another bumper crop of excellent music. Once again, my list is huge, because I fell in love with each of these 125 records and found it impossible to not include all of them in my fashionably late list.

I'm choosing to post my favorites in alpha order from A-Z again this year. You'll probably find some records that everyone and their fifth cousin raved about, but I hope you'll also find a few records that might be new to you, and that you'll fall in love with them as much as I have.

My thanks, as always, to the artists who created these records.


Who: Drab Majesty

What: Modern Mirror

When: July 2019

Where: Dais Records

Why: A near-flawless cut diamond of a record, Modern Mirror is a synthpop/"tragic wave" stunner. Taking the classic mythological (bizarre) love triangle of Narcissus and and Echo (in case your mythology is rusty, Echo fell in love with Narcissus, who preferred gazing at his own way-too-handsome reflection to the company of Echo) as inspiration, Drab Majesty's songs examine love and illusion against a backdrop of glittering, high gloss synth theatrics. Velvet, narcotic, and thrilling - Modern Mirror is all pleasure.

[posted 3.8.20]


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