“Hear No Evil” is dark and moody. Much of the album sounds like a memory of a place you’ve been, a movie you’ve seen, or a lonely town you have driven through, late one night. The music is mysterious and rhythmic, as if the Drull duo were presenting us the notes between the notes. But more than that, it’s sound creates the unusual sensations of being both familiar and unusual, attractive but peculiar, vastly erotic yet imminently glacial. It is like slow-dancing among the iciest breezes before plunging into passionate and heated embraces.
“Hear No Evil”, is soul music in the truest sense of the word, a journey into the heart of darkness which leaves you emotionally bewildered and intoxicated. There are no unnecessary flourishes, no attempts to sully the songs with trendier beats or catchier melodies; the musical pieces are true to themselves, and while that may not always result in radio-friendly tracks, they are much the better for it.
It’s really hard to pick a favorite song on this album. Almost all of them perfectly fit different moods you may have at different times. They seem to encompass a vast range of modern urban sensitivities. “Plyometrics” runs on a fat moog-styled bassline, which is reminiscent of a classic car-chase movie soundtrack, while a song like “Hills And Valleys” evidences gentle and delicate, sweeping interludes, like the dawn spread over a gigantic horizon. “Boignoir”, on the other hand, bounces back and forth between an intense, pulsing beat and some esoteric vocal phrasing.
The production is flawless in both its listenability and command of the album’s mood. The feel of the crunching soundpads and synth basslines makes it a densely layered listen and leaves you exploring each track many times over. Each time leaving you with a different impression and understanding of Drull’s sound.
If you haven’t heard “Hear No Evil” yet, you are in for a real treat. It is filled with heart-wrenching grooves and beats, proving electronic music can be full of emotion. It brings an unprecedented flavor to the scene, creating a sub-genre of it’s own. The synth and piano sounds seem to emerge from the dark and mirky, 80′s underground textures. While the often gritty beats could so easily have come out of the NY hiphop scene, yet it all results in a homogeneous listening experience.
The Drull duo should be respected for their vision, while maybe their music is not for those who are just looking for plain entertaining sounds. Drull know how to explore new sounds and new rhythms, to mix and create deep sensations with music, so plan on being challenged a bit musically!
DRULL: "Hear No Evil" A Journey Into The Heart Of Darkness ,