Pharaoh Overlord are bringing Disco back with their new album 6. Having never heard the duo before, I have no idea what their usual sound is, but this album immediately reminds me of Daft Punk, Digitalis and Justice; mid-2000s electro, but with overt links to disco and psych. I feel like the addition of Aaron Turner’s vocals is interesting. In all honesty, I don’t usually like his style because it seems kind of cheesy to me, but I love it on this album because it has an almost B-Movie quality to it. Like Gordo from the Mortal Kombat movie and upon hearing the first single I was instantly sold on the whole album. So, I guess let’s delve in…
‘Path Eternal’ kicks off the album with a pulsating beat, oscillating synths and a choral synthesiser. It’s goofy but, cool at the same time, like a dragon wearing sunglasses. The melodic synthkeys interludes take the place of a chorus, they fall like crystallised snowflakes, delicately and magically as Turner screams distantly. The top line melody reminds me of Múm and the undercurrent of Air. It’s a really strong start to an album. ‘Arms of the Butcher’ is an amazingly constructed song; there’s layers of percussive, mechanistic stuff and synth layers that sound like a Trent Reznor soundtrack, but they’re rounded out with danceable drum beats and funky overtones. Turner does a good job of reigning in, what seems like a very erratic foundation.
Read the rest here: Echoes and Dust