Possibly named after the crime organisation led by the iconic villain Ernst Bloefeld in the James Bond films, CURXES’ ‘Spectre’ has that air of Cold War Slavic drama about it. At least it’s not named after the baddies in ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’!
But on a more serious note, the video accompanying ‘Spectre’ is yet another intricate animated work by their supremely talented singer/keyboardist/artistic director Roberta Fidora. With the backgrounds and props meticulously drawn, cut and centred around spinning vinyl selections and the monuments of Portsmouth, the live visuals film tells the haunting tale of a young boy venturing the along the wheel of life. The more observant will notice that the labels of the various 7 inch singles form part of the commentary too…
Roberta adds: “The main idea behind it is using what was once considered a ‘dead format’ but is now very much alive to form the background of a story about loss, depression (the flood) and resilience. The song titles on the labels follow the story apart from those at 2:58-3:12, which are my own thoughts regarding a personal situation. There is also much discussion about the shifts within the music industry, hence the submerged labels, which are a nod to the idea that indies may be faring better through innovation whilst many big labels have endured difficult changes.”
Although ‘Spectre’ is perhaps more guitar based than The Electricity Club would normally admit to liking, there are still plenty of synth stabs, chromatic scales and industrial noise to make it a real staircase mystery. But for those who have been curious enough to follow the progress of the South Coast gothic retro futurists and are now worried that the balance has been tipped out of electronic favour, instrumentalist Macaulay Hopwood has said that ‘Spectre’ is probably about as organic as CURXES are likely to get.
Whatever, it is a fantastic grower of a song, unsettling but spirited and heartfelt. It’s a cliché but Roberta Fidora and Macaulay Hopwood have found their sound and with this video, CURXES have set a marker as to what can be artistically achieved by up-and-coming acts.
CURXES play ‘Christmas Box’ alongside AUTOMATIC WRITING and OBERHEIM on FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2012 at The Ship, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2EA. Doors open at 7.30pm and the party goes on until 1.00am. Please visit the Facebook event page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/369765049768697
Gorgeously sleeved 7 inch singles can be purchased via CURXES’ website or in person from the discerning music café outlet Pie & Vinyl, 61 Castle Road, Southsea PO5 3AY
Text by Chi Ming Lai
Photo by Lucy Goodale
4th November 2012