New Music Now: The Drums – “Portamento”

Brooklyn’s the Drums have quickly gained the attention around the indie circuit for their minimalistic style. Their second album, Portamento, maintains the catchy vocal hooks and bare bones instrumentals they established on their self titled debut, but it ultimately misses what made that record so great.

The album starts off strong and improves on the weaker parts of their debut, adding more overall low end and dispensing with singer Jonathan Pierce’s whiney vocals, but they lose the sonic diversity that separates one song from the next.

The Drums’ first album did a good job of making each song sound unique and memorable. Unfortunately this is not the case with Portamento. – Victor Zohni

Download the album review here.

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