Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Saturday February 25, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Orpheum Bell 2012

 

continued

According to van der Voo, The Old Sisters' Home is Orpheum Bell's most collaborative effort to date. After recording Pretty as You in van der Voo's living room and Pearls digitally in a studio, the band was ready to spend more time and resources to flush out a deeper, warmer resonance closer to its live sound. One way this was achieved was by using vintage ribbon mikes. Another way was by spending more money, encouraged by package donations made through Kickstarter.com.

The album opens with "Poor Laetitia," which features Klein's gruff vocals and could fit undetected into Tom Waits's catalog. While Orpheum Bell's first two albums had an Americana/country-ish undertone, The Old Sisters' Home is definitely more jazz- oriented. In fact, not until "Family Pictures," the album's fifth song, does their familiar blend of Eastern and American roots surface. Jennie Knaggs, a former Kentucky yodeling contest winner who lends backing vocals on three tracks, even adds some yodeling to that number. The album also includes three instrumentals and one song sung in Russian (both Klein and Karapetyan are fluent). Overall, The Old Sisters' Home has that feel of an album from a band in the right spot--one that's matured, knows its influences, and is moving forward confidently.    (end of article)

[Originally published in June, 2012.]

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Calendar This Week - Body, Mind, & Spirit Calendar This Week - Body, Mind, & Spirit
Ann Arbor Family and Parenting Services Ann Arbor Family and Parenting Services
Time in the Woods Time in the Woods
Nick Easton Finds a Buyer - A venerable downtow... Nick Easton Finds a Buyer - A venerable downtow...
Athleisure at Lole - Arbor Hills doubles down o... Athleisure at Lole - Arbor Hills doubles down o...
Map of Restaurants with Gluten-free Options Available Map of Restaurants with Gluten-free Options Available
Ann Arbor Nightspots: Necto Ann Arbor Nightspots: Necto
Vedge Cafe - Amanda Ratke makes her own seitan Vedge Cafe - Amanda Ratke makes her own seitan
Looping Detroit - Nick Tobier explores the para... Looping Detroit - Nick Tobier explores the para...
Photo: Groundcover News presents Jamie Morris Photo: Groundcover News presents Jamie Morris
Victors For Art February 18th through June 11th