Drekka's debut, a marriage of lo-fi indie rock songs and howling noise, is as successful as it is unlikely. Its four-tracked songs, replete with unsure vocals and weird cutoffs, are similar to Freed Man-era Sebadoh, although Drekka is more repetitive and dreamlike and less self-pitying. Its noise-plus-songs aesthetic is also similar to Flying Saucer Attack's, but much of Drekka's charm comes from its amateurism. Drekka's songs often begin with only a mournful vocal and a tiny guitar or synth figure, played repeatedly and ineptly. Then, usually, Michael Anderson smothers them with a blanket of white noise. On paper, this process might seem similar to that of early Jesus & Mary Chain, but Drekka's music feels more disorienting and urgent: The songs on Take Care to Fall feel like the hazy details of a bad dream and sound like home-taped indie rock played underwater. Fans of similarly cheaply recorded psych musicians such as Roy Montgomery and early Space Needle will surely appreciate Take Care to Fall.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Charlie Wilmoth