The Scaramanga Six - Cursed (Wrath Records)

The Scaramanga Six - Cursed (Wrath Records)

You'll remember the killer first single from this Sheffield 4-piece's (!) new album was mentioned here previously, the memorable power ballad Autopsy of the mind. Well there's plenty more to love on the rest of the album. Last roll of the dice starts life as a Joey Santiago instrumental before embracing a rousing horn section and massed harmonies. Walking through houses (the one song on the album produced by ex-Cardiacs man Tim Smith, before he was struck by illness in 2008, and to whom the album is dedicated - the full story is on the listening link below) is stalking post-punk masquerading as math-rock. Trouble is three minutes of retribution delivered with a croon. Dark matter is another rousing, brass-lead workout with strong cinematic leanings. The epic Like an insect takes the Kafka scenario literally and wraps it in glockenspiel, toms and a killer chorus. And, as also mentioned previously, closer Spent force comes on like prog-pop given an adrenaline injection (the baritone sax helps). Power pop doesn't come much better than this.


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