Live Review: Drakmah
Drakmah's music floats me to a different world as I watch, transfixed by his presence. Reverb echoes beautifully off his soulful voice and guitar's jazzy ambiance.
Typically performing as a band, Drakmah's live set-up features David Rapicano playing solo, with electronic instrumental tracks backed by his laptop. Twice I have seen him live; both times his music creates a psychedelic fantasy. I am reminded of how I felt when I saw Tash Sultana at The Brixton Academy.
On the track '26', he cleverly mouths a spoken word monologue playing from his laptop. This is a cool and original way to fuse electronic aspects of his performance with the acoustic. While his style is raw and elegantly composed, I didn't pick up any memorable hooks from his songs which tends to be the case with ambient music, as opposed to catchy pop or funk numbers. This is very much the type of music you should be immersed in live, as opposed to sing-along in the car.
His EP 'Storyeller' is available to digitally stream, and its name perfectly represents this act. Hope to see him with his band in major concert halls some day.
'Swan Song' available now on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0GFpvvlUqyPVlr42BQztyb
Website with links to EP: https://drakmah.hearnow.com