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Released: 05.04.24







The avant-garde fusion in this release reflects the many influences of Drahla. Whilst Luciel Brown’s vocal follows the rhythm laid down by bassist Rob Riggs and drummer Mike Ainsley, her guitar playing and that of Ewan Barr seem at slights odds with that flow. The jazzy mix is then complemented by a chaotic saxophone resulting in something with a greater punky edge. 

It is like the punk band at the start of the Hazel O’Connor movie Breaking Glass was used as a footprint to create something off-kilter, and yet capable of joyous harmony. Throw in the lyrical themes of themes of grief, trauma and occasionally tones of sentimentality and Drahla’s new album is a heady concoction of pleasurable musical brutalism. 



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