Cloak & Dagger has announced new exciting additions to the already legendary lineup.
Drab Majesty is back again this year, and joining are SRSQ and Body of Light.
Check ’em out below & grab your tickets here!
Drab Majesty began as a warbled transmission received via 4-track cassette in a dim, Los
Angeles bedroom in 2012. The entity known as Deb Demure, an interdimensional muse of sorts,
lent an otherworldly vision to a human contact; one to be realized through meticulously
composed lo-fi recordings. Focusing on the aesthetics of cult ritual and the devastating power of
music, Deb sought an alternative way to share the cosmic agenda. Culminating in a cassette
titled Unarian Dances, Drab Majesty’s manifesto to humanity was revealed: revel in the power of
artistic influences that reside beyond the self.
In 2015, Drab Majesty released Careless, the first LP which was received and recorded solely by
Demure on living room floors and in cluttered spaces across the city. Careless remains a fixture
in LA’s somber yet sublime nightlife and a noted contribution to the murkier subcultures abroad.
From its incarnation, Drab Majesty was a solo act; an interplay between guitar and triggered
machines. In 2016, with growing audiences and heightened interest, Drab expanded into a duo,
employing the keyboard accompaniment of far-out twin, Mona D – filling out frequencies and
upping the spectacle of the live performance.
SRSQ (pronounced seer-skew) is the solo project of Kennedy Ashlyn
(vocalist/keyboardist of Them Are Us Too). SRSQ arose from the sudden tragic death of
Kennedy’s closest friend and TAUT collaborator Cash Askew in the Oakland Ghost Ship
Fire of 2016. Though born from the pain of grief, SRSQ has bloomed to explore deeper
nuances inherent in loss such as bittersweet nostalgia, re-imagining oneself, navigating
paradox, and reconciling the unreal. Her debut record Unreality is a telling of that
cartography, each song a vessel for that which cannot be contained in everyday life.
Ambient synthesizers that approach harshness, relentless arpeggations, and Kennedy’s
signature soaring emotive vocals convey her experience through a synesthesia of sound
and feeling. Fans of Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, The Knife, and My Bloody Valentine can
expect moments that harken back to these canonical artists while adeptly evading
derivation. Produced by Matia Simovich of Inhalt, Unreality is simultaneously crisp and
full, each tone and note occupying its own unique sonic world. Unreality comes out on
Dais Records on October 26, 2018.
Body Of Light
Formed in 2012 in the wasted sands of Tempe, Arizona, electronic dance faction Body of Light have proven to be a teeming creative force within the present-day electronic landscape. As the archaic drones and abstract measurements of their earliest collections have evolved into to prodigious cinematic pop ballads and darkwave compositions, it’s clear that the two brothers, Alex and Andrew Jarson, are no strangers to blurring the compositional lines that confine underground music. Having worked together and separately over the years within the folds of the co-founded Ascetic House collective, Alex and Andrew have given life to a variety of projects such as Otro Mundo, Blue Krishna, Somali Extract, and Memorymann, and also have unveiled over a dozen visual, audio, and written works under various other monikers. Body of Light is simply another extension of their exercised method of immediate and natural experimentation.
After previous releases on Chondritic Sound and Ascetic House including Follow The Current, Lustre, Universal Sin, Volantà Di Amore,and Limits of Reason, Body of Light teamed up with Dais Records for their 2016 LP Let Me Go. This release shows the bands evolved sound from embryonic ideas to fully-realized synth-pop anthems and erotic aesthetics. Let Me Go came full circle under the production guidance of engineer Ben Greenberg (Uniform/ The Men), and each song follows the next with lucid moments of catharsis and romanticism that pull from their self-conscious mysticism and lawless spiritual hedonism.
Hesitant to define themselves strictly as a “synth-pop” collaboration, the brothers incorporate a wide variety of components into Body of Light’s sound. They attempt to formulate an unparalleled artistic direction filled with decay, warped tape loops, aging VHS home-movie sound samples from their childhood, primitive waveforms, and processed vocals tinged with harmonic specters. Their aim is to utilize past and present technologies in a way that feels unique, honest and sensible.
Body of Light are currently in the studio working on their 2nd LP for DAIS, due out 2019