Automagik, one of Cincinnati’s best Indie Pop/Rock bands of the 2010s, is ready to party. At least that’s what it sounds like on Goldmine, the quartet’s fantastic new album. You can currently grab the LP on golden 12-inch vinyl from Cincinnati wax-crafters Soul Step Records, which made a limited-edition run of Goldmine available on Dec. 3 (visit soulsteprecords.com to try to cop a copy).
On Dec. 21, Goldmine drops digitally on most major platforms, including Automagik’s Bandcamp page, which you can access directly via automagik.net. The band plays an album-release show that same night at the Woodward Theater (1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com), with local Hip Hop group Triiibe (recent Artist of the Year winners at the 2018 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards) opening the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance through cincyticket.com or $12 at the door on the night of the show.
Automagik’s music has always had a high level of magnetism, bursting with energy, personality and color. But on Goldmine, they move the party out of the dirty Rock & Roll club and into the disco, with all of the impossibly catchy melodies fully intact. Automagik’s 2013 album Black Sundae and follow-up EPs in 2015 and 2016 featured a sound that would fit sunggly on Alternative radio between bands like The Strokes and Cage the Elephant. But the group’s music has always been fairly dynamic and diverse and Goldmine picks up on the Funk Pop jubilance hinted at in previous Automagik songs like Black Sundae’s “Fashion Police” and “The Road,” the title track off of the group’s 2016 EP.
The groovy sonic shift gives the hooks a bright neon glow, making the ready-for-radio appeal even stronger and more broad. You could still easily imagine Goldmine tracks on Alt stations, but a song like the title cut or its infectious first single, “Stop Drop Dance,” would feel perfect in a Top 40 station’s mix positioned between Chromeo and Daft Punk. Or, better yet, in a genre-less, era-less Spotify playlist sandwiched between Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and David Bowie’s “Fame.”
But Automagik’s Goldmine is more than just retro-’70s Disco revivalism. Though the musicians certainly play up that vintage element with the heavy deployment of ’70s/’80s synth sounds (as well as the roller-disco aesthetic that abounds in the “Stop Drop Dance” music video; watch below), Automagik’s Dance Pop is more multidimensional thanks to the clever, vibrant songwriting. A closer kindred spirit for Goldmine than Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is veteran Indie Pop band of Montreal’s kaleidoscopic dance-club masterpiece, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?