Replacing their square rigidity, with disco-prog eccentricity
Nick McCarthy, Bavarian brains of Franz, last dipped into side-project [a]Box Codax[/a] five years ago, and in that time, the contents have got a whole lot more exciting. Less rigid and robotic, much cleaner than [b]‘Only An Orchard Away’[/b], [b]‘Hellabuster’[/b] moves on from post-punk weirdo pop to a glammier, proggier form of ELO-ish studio oddness.
It’s part-produced by Joe Mount of Metronomy, whose sonic fingerprints are audible on the brilliantly freaky disco of [b]‘Seven Silvers’[/b] and the likes of [b]‘My Room’[/b]. If [b]‘Choco Pudding’[/b] dips its spoon too far into the bowl marked ‘wacky’, the whole is an eccentric gem that pulls you back again and again.