It’s so awesome I can’t hardly contain myself. You can now get a track from DeVotchKa‘s fortcoming album, A Mad and Faithful Telling, due on March 18. Download the song Transliterator from My Old Kentucky Blog (Stereogum was first). Devotchka offers frantic fiddle playing, accordion stylings that make for quality drinking songs, and fall-in-love/heartbreaking vocals in a variety of languages that can spin you into an introverted trance–and sometimes all three things at once.
The songs DeVotchKa picked for their MySpace represent them fairly well, though they of course cannot capture the beauty and crazed nature of the live shows. I first saw them in 2005 opening for The Dresden Dolls, and they totally stole the evening. The audience wanted nothing more than to stomp their feet, swirl their pint glasses above their heads in a wild toast when the music crescendoed, and take home the pretty upright bass player with the rose behind her ear. But don’t we all.
Colorado’s DeVotchKa have also toured with the self-styled “Burlesque and Fetish Star” Dita Von Teese, Calexico, and Flogging Molly, among others. I can’t wait to see who’s with them on the next tour.
I am obsessed with their cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico’s Venus in Furs. Watch a live YouTube here, grab the mp3 here at ThaBombShelter, or, better yet, buy the EP Curse Your Little Heart. The EP also contains a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ The Last Beat of My Heart and the Sinatras’ tune.