Album Review: SixToes – Trick Of The Night

Considering that Trick of the Night emerged from the hands of the talented SixToes back in 2008, it can hardly be considered as a new CD from an up-and-coming band anymore. However, it can easily be introduced as the incredible debut album from a band that five years on are set to take the world by storm.

SixToes have an unforgettably unique sound in their songs as they jingle hauntingly to life, sharing within them some deep, dark, macabre secret that could have sprung directly from any Tim Burton film. The London-based sextet create their distinctive cabaret folk style with a combination of eloquent guitar medleys drifting gently across a series of rich basslines emanating from the incomparable double bass as well as a collection of eerie cello tunes amidst others. This jarringly ominous combination allows for an album that dances with eccentricity at the turn of every note.

The music composed by the band is astonishing throughout the album with Same Again and Trick of the Night as shining examples with their swelling arcs and throbbing basslines. As often as it is evocative and chilling, soothing the soul whilst raising the very hairs on your neck; it’s the vocals that really bring each song to life. Complimenting the soft and redolent music are the stunning harmonious vocals that work so well as separate voices; one mild and rich, the other swirling and husky – the voice of old jazz. But combine the two and a poignant but affable and comforting vocal track overlays the music to thrill and entice you.

Each song plants itself effortlessly in the mind and conjures images of dusty Victorian dance halls, long abandoned and left for time to erode. They provide an uncanny sound, the like of which isn’t heard enough. This might be their debut, but with another in the pipelines it’s a comfort that we won’t have to wait too long until the next one.

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Review by Joe Knipe