Fittingly for a band who operate entirely by their own co-ordinates, Dances/Curses is released on bassist Joe Thompson’s own Wrong Speed Records, his latest such venture in a lifetime of steadfast belief in the DIY maxim, “It's 100% time for all bands to take control of their shit” he notes. "All the tools are there to do it yourself. Back your own horse. It's practical. It's positive. There's a chance things will never be the same, if change doesn't happen now it never will.”
True to form for a band in full control, Dances/Curses is far from the kind of sprawling psych opus that exists purely due to the band being too baked, biased or blasé to edit it down. Indeed, this serendipitous record marks something even these six musicians never necessarily intended - a work in the tradition of the double album with an element of mystery, a record that somehow changes itself every time it returns to the shelf.
Somewhere on the great continuum between Unwound’s Leaves Turn Inside You and Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through "The Secret Life Of Plants", somewhere between the dances of aspiration and the curses of reality, Hey Colossus have created their finest alchemical achievement to date.