“Is it real? Is it real?” asks Luciel Brown throughout this potent follow up to the thrilling debut “Fictional Decision” by Leeds-based trio Drahla – PopLib’s essential song of 2016.
The song is due for release in April on the Too Pure label’s singles club. Coruscating bass sets a platform for a typically cool and mysterious sing-speak stream-of-consciousness artful wordiness.
The song builds through dense layers of sonic energy as guitars buzz and menace before pulling back, introducing saxophone – some of the best wild skronking saxophone since The Stooges “1970” from their “Funhouse” album in fact – and then re-calibrating the volume for climactic ending.
It all adds up to a powerful statement and the fulfilling experience of a song merging elements of post-punk with art pop and noise rock and leaving some mystery and intrigue in its trail of beautifully dissonant noise.
The only band I can think of who may have been within striking distance of what Drahla are doing right now was Sonic Youth at the absolute apex of their dark abrasive melodic cool, around the time of their 1987 album “Sister”.
In case you missed them during 2016, here’s PopLib’s 5 Essential Songs and Albums of 2016. These are limited to Bandcamp discoveries.
5 Essential Songs
5 Essential Albums
absolutely necessary; extremely important
At some stage in the New Year there may appear the usual lists of favourite PopLib songs and albums for the year just gone. It’s always ‘favourite’ rather than ‘best’ because the snapshots PopLib takes of the world of music is powered by happenstance of (mostly) Bandcamp discovery through various random, tangential means rather than an exhaustive survey of everything released through normal ‘music industry’ channels.
In the meantime here’s a reader-powered PopLib Top 10 selection. These are the Top Ten most-viewed posts featuring new music on PopLib in 2016. Happily, most of these songs would appear on a PopLib Top 10 ‘favourites’ list for 2016 too.
- Let’s Eat Grandma “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms”
- Seafog – “Raise Your Skinny Fist”
- Wurld Series – “Orkly Kid”
- Ego (Egoism) – “Crowd”
- Elan Vital – “Janina”
- Spinning Coin – “Albany”
- Egoism – “Reason”
- Young Hellions – “Fractures and Cacophony”
- Drahla – “Fictional Decision”
- Ela Orleans –“You Go Through Me”
The links above will take you through to the original PopLib post. Here is the Top 10 again in a playlist format of sorts…
Thanks to everyone who has read PopLib this year, and special thanks to all who have shared the posts. Extra special thanks to everyone who has bought a song/ album by an artist discovered via PopLib.