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Portamento

The Drums

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Album Review

Brooklyn surfer-pop outfit the Drums entered the music scene in a wave of hype during 2010, releasing their critically acclaimed self-titled debut release. Their sophomore record, Portamento, is a slight departure from the sunny tones of their first offering, with slightly darker, somber undertones throughout. During the writing of this album they almost split, with guitarist Adam Kessler departing; however, the experience matured the Drums and this is echoed on their assured single “Money.”

Customer Reviews

泉は涸れたのか

残念だ。前作はあれほど瑞々しく怠惰で儚かったのに。。。
最初から最後まで凡庸な曲が並ぶだけとは。
Let's Go Surfing
Forever and Ever Amen
It Will All End in Tears
こうした曲はもう出てこないのか。
The Vaccines も新作のカップリングはイマイチだったし、
好きなバンドの失速を見るのは辛い。
次作に期待するが、We Triedなどとは言ってほしくないものだ。

迷い惑うは迷惑と読む

1stやEPはあっけらかんとした軽さや瑞々しさがあって単純に楽しめたが、Adamの脱退もあってか、内省的というか「暗い」アルバムになってしまった。
元々のバンドコンセプトからしてJoy Divisionの影響が強い彼らだからして、暗いこと自体は意外でも何でもない。
ただ、口数は多くても何が言いたいのかわからないおしゃべりさんと似て、曲数は多いが何を思って、どういうアルバムにしたかったのか、未だに理解できない。
寄せ集めのごった煮なら、まだ、彼ららしくていいのだが、曲調が割と統一されて(ベースラインが単調なせい?)いるのに突飛な曲が混ざったり、最後の曲"Wendy"の(1stなら違和感なかっただろう)シンセなんかまるっきり浮いている。
結果として平凡な出来。一曲一曲は結構好きなのも多いんだけどね。
結局迷っているのだな。彼らに今必要なのは、開き直りだと思う次第。悩むな青年。病むぞ。

Biography

Formed: 2008 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An unlikely but undeniably catchy mix of Factory Records-style indie and '50s-inspired melodies, the Drums have roots that can be traced to the childhood friendship of Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham. After meeting at summer camp, the pair formed the electro-pop duo Goat Explosion while they were still in their teens. However, the band split and Pierce and Graham went on to other projects: Graham formed the indie pop group Horse Shoes, who released an EP on Shelflife in 2009. Meanwhile, Pierce and...
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