When the Magic Went Wrong

A 12 track baroque pop album (36m 47s) — released July 22nd 2022 on Gare du Nord Records

Songwriting collaboration between Ian Button (Papernut Cambridge) and art historian Scott Thomas Buckle, based upon a collection of barely plausible short stories involving ill-fated magic act Toni Tubna, whose ambition and bad judgement leads him into encounters with the darker side of showbiz, crime and the occult.

The unlikely writing partnership has generated a concept album of progressive psychedelic pop, mixed with dark oompah, mod tango, chamber rock 'n' roll drama and haunted folk, flavoured with narrative and oblique imagery taken from Button's original stories.

Toni Tubna is the album's main protagonist, accompanied by the equally ambiguous Stockholm Tuba Sect, a mythic-ghost orchestra whose services are rumoured to have been enlisted after a chance encounter with Toni's manager in a Swedish sauna.

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