Prior to exmagician musicians Daniel Todd and James Smith made music as Cashier No.9, whose lush, David Holmes-produced album To The Death Of Fun (Bella Union) brought them critical acclaim (‘Best Album’ at the NI Music Awards, shortlisted for ‘Best Album of 2011’ by the Irish Times), strong radio support from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Radio 2 and a string of sold-out club dates and major festival appearances across the UK and Ireland.

Since then the pair have moved on and returned with something novel in the scope of their own repertoire. Self-written and produced with the help of Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, General Fiasco, Mojo Fury), their new music leaves behind the Laurel Canyon sheen of Cashier No.9 in favor of something louder, fuzzier and dirtier. Born of a playful attitude, greater confidence and an expansive array of pedals and synths, Danny explains with a smile: “It’s the dirt under the fingernails.”

The musical reinvention is apparent from the very first seconds of opening track ‘Kiss That Wealth Goodbye,’ which steams in with a filthy riff, the product of a guitar and a synth melding together so you can’t tell which is which a feature of the album. “It’s like early Beefheart meets Add N To X,” says Danny – a measure of just how broad the duo’s influences are.