Defining and describing the sound of Orpheum Bell is a tricky task. There is some Eastern European folk in there for sure, but equally they have a classic Country thing going on too. Country & Eastern? Gypsy Americana perhaps?
Whatever, these are mere labels. What matters is the music and on new album The Old Sisters’ Home, their particular blend is a heady, intoxicating brew with vocals hewn from the Tom Waits stable and backed by tunes that sound as if they belong in smoky back-rooms and dusty, darkened theatres. Taster track is the seductive, yet slightly mocking Poor Laetitia, a tale of a beautiful, but awkward girl with a haughty tango beat and muted trumpet.
Somehow remaining elegant and refined despite the skewed grooves and skittering beats, The Old Sister’s Home is the third album from Orpheum Bell and is due for release on May 8th.
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