With Foxy Shazam splintered into unfixable pieces, the field is open for Automagik to take up the gauntlet of theatrical, Darkness-driven Indie Prog/Pop. And just in time for that opportunity, Automagik follows up their first two albums — 2010’s Automagik and 2013’s Black Sundae — with the exquisite sugar scorch of “Pop Kiss” and the unplayable reaction to its lack of (deserved) mega-success, the middle-finger-to-radio anti-hit “Fucked Up.” All this is the advance force for what one can only imagine to be a spectacularly abrasive and predictably cheeky new EP titled Beach Fuzz. Hold onto your wigs and keys, kids; like The Empire, Automagik strikes back.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: The Darkness covers old unreleased Sparks demos, then go trick-or-treating as Queen. (BB)