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Curve Returns With A 'Gift'

On Sept. 18, Hip-O/Universal will release "Gift," Curve's first album for the label since 1998's "Come Clean." While "business difficulties" delayed a follow-up for several years, band principals Toni

On Sept. 18, Hip-O/Universal will release "Gift," Curve's first album for the label since 1998's "Come Clean." While "business difficulties" delayed a follow-up for several years, band principals Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia have continued to make music, posting MP3s on their official Web site. "Open Day at the Hate Fest," a limited-edition compilation of those officially unreleased tracks, has been available via the site for several months.

Halliday and Garcia haven't softened the dense soundscape and dark pop view for which they've long been known, and their sonic amalgam of blaring guitar and electronic elements is as entrancing as ever on "Gift." The album was produced by Curve and Ben Grosse (Filter, Book of Love).

In addition, Halliday reports on the band's site that she has been working on an orchestral EP project with longtime friend Andy Wright (who played keyboards on Halliday's 1989 solo album "Hearts and Handshakes," and has worked with the KLF, Sinead O'Connor, and Erasure) and arranger/composer David Whitaker (Rolling Stones, Air).

"At present I'm sorting out the correct avenue to take," she recently wrote, "because it isn't pop and it's not rock so I have to go into a world I know nothing about which is very exciting, but quite scary at the same time. Wish me luck with the avant-garde."