Yes, I pre-made this post because I’ll be at work all day. I can promise that it doesn’t take away from the aural goodness inside this edition of Bonnaroo Bound ’06.
Now that we’re one week closer to Bonnaroo, I can shed light onto the next musical act of my mini-festival series. DeVotchKa is a very talented and very unique quartet out of Denver who derive their name from Anthony Burgess‘ Nadsat word for “young girl.” You could classify their specs as indie – but not their sound. They incorporate steady blends of rock and jazz with roots that seem to stem from a folk (nearly Gypsy) influence. They are masters of blending upright bass, glockenspiel, tuba, accordion, trumpet and theremin into an exotic mix of South American rhythms, Eastern European gypsy melodies and North American folk music. Their unique sound and energry is unlike any other band I have come across recently. You’ll find their eccentric and distraught vocals to be the perfect match to their melodically emotional music.
[MP3] DeVotchKa – How It Ends
Clocking in at an even seven minutes, this is a string-laden gem of a ballad. The simple intro of keyboard and accordion leads to a vocal crescendo that nearly mimics the despairing consistency of rain on a tin roof. This track may remind some of a tragic ending that you’re forced to be content with. The title track and greatest highlight of their album – in my opinion.
[MP3] DeVotchKa – You Love Me
As musically complicated as their album may be, DeVotchKa still manages to wow listeners with the use of a few simple stringed instruments. Songs about love with acoustic guitars, violins, and wailing vocals can never be that bad. They manage to back up that hypothesis fully.
[MP3] DeVotchKa – Such A Lovely Thing
Remember how I described their sound as somewhat gypsy? The tracks posted above may not have clearly displayed their said “gypsy-like melodies!” No worries, if this track doesn’t scream Eastern European brouhaha than I don’t know what does. Other than these guys. This song just makes me want to dance on a table with my mouth grinning and wide open while under the influence of German beer.
BONUS [MP3] DeVotchKa – Venus In Furs (Velvet Underground Cover)
Since Bonnaroo just announced their lineup schedule, you can bet your sweet ass that I’ll be front and center for these guys on Thursday. If you’re not going to the mudslinging festival.. Be sure to check out their tour dates and buy their latest album. It’s good through and through.