Words by Linsey Teggert
Duo Curxes, (pronounced Curses, for those of you who were wondering) consisting of vocalist Roberta Fidora and multi-instrumentalist Macaulay, take their listener’s on a journey back through time to a smoky 80s disco with their dark electro-pop sounds. The obvious point of reference here is Depeche Mode, given the synthesizers which steer each track and the industrial disco flavour, though the bold female vocals add a sense of Siouxsie-Sioux gothic drama to the proceedings. Curxes also sit comfortably alongside the likes of Zola Jesus and Austra, all creating gothic and grandiose female-led pop.
The dark duo’s recent track 'Once Upon A Time' is the perfect blend of electro and post-punk. Opening with an eerie electronic tinkling which becomes an industrial kitchen-sink style beat, Fidora’s mesmerizing vocals take the lead here, weaving through the synths with an edge of menace. The glitchy 80s melodrama of Curxes wouldn’t sound out of place on the soundtrack to The Lost Boys, and that’s what makes them so bloody brilliant.
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