With members from Ireland, England and Italy; Padua based quintet Stranger Minds combine musical experiences and cultures on the dramatically delirious Stalingrad.

Coming off like a mini opera, as if the essence of a Victor Hugo or Alexandre Dumas was distilled down in to mere minutes of time, it’s intense and exciting from the opening duet of piano and violin – whispers of bands like The Divine Comedy, Death from Above 1979 and Muse, tempering any temptation to become maudlin or overwrought.

The lead vocals have an air of Samuel T Herring, telling a story with each note and inflection, as the track swells and wanes and the story of the song uncoils, taking the listener along with it on a rollercoaster of musical riches and emotional excess on the way to looming tragedy.

Stalingrad is from Stranger Mind’s King and Fool EP which is now streaming on Spotify – why not follow them on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with the band?