11 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the ongoing success of 2012's Hey Hey Cabaret, one of the steampunk scene's most respected names comes back with a largely percussive and instrumental album that's arguably its most accessible set to date. "Nevermore the Matador" starts with a few strummed chords from guitarist Scott Helland ("The Punk") and sparse Gypsy-style incantations from Samantha Stephenson ("Frenchy") before riding a hypnotizing rhythm and riff into "Isis Rising," a similarly enticing arabesque. "Carnival" sets the tone for the percussive end, which gets a touch of levity on "Rock Paper Scissors." The duo stays in percussive mode for the title track and "Orient Express," returning to a Moroccan (or is that Middle Eastern?) vibe for the opium-den seduction of "Dust and Sand in the Caravan." The shout of "1-2-3-4" before the breakneck speed of "The Chase" proves once a punk, always a disciple of Dee Dee Ramone. Interestingly, the duo's "hit" "The Celtic Sprite" comes as the album wraps up; it shows that Helland's previous stretch as a guitar-looping instrumentalist can come in as handy as his punk pedigree.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the ongoing success of 2012's Hey Hey Cabaret, one of the steampunk scene's most respected names comes back with a largely percussive and instrumental album that's arguably its most accessible set to date. "Nevermore the Matador" starts with a few strummed chords from guitarist Scott Helland ("The Punk") and sparse Gypsy-style incantations from Samantha Stephenson ("Frenchy") before riding a hypnotizing rhythm and riff into "Isis Rising," a similarly enticing arabesque. "Carnival" sets the tone for the percussive end, which gets a touch of levity on "Rock Paper Scissors." The duo stays in percussive mode for the title track and "Orient Express," returning to a Moroccan (or is that Middle Eastern?) vibe for the opium-den seduction of "Dust and Sand in the Caravan." The shout of "1-2-3-4" before the breakneck speed of "The Chase" proves once a punk, always a disciple of Dee Dee Ramone. Interestingly, the duo's "hit" "The Celtic Sprite" comes as the album wraps up; it shows that Helland's previous stretch as a guitar-looping instrumentalist can come in as handy as his punk pedigree.

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