Devotchka - 100 Lovers
The Denver native band Devotchka has recently released their fifth LP, 100 Lovers. Their timing could not have been more perfect. 100 Lovers is the perfect summer album and quite possibly the sountrack to a sequel of Little Miss Sunshine. Released March 1st in America and streaming on NPR since February, this album is a great addition to the collection of any avid folk fan. Throughout the listen, there wasn't a time that left me feeling the need to take a break from my listening party.
Instrumentally, the noise space is filled with plenty of brass and string accompaniment, as well as frequent accordion play. The accompaniment gives the album a sort of western/mexi feel and in some tracks, specifically the last track, "Sunshine" somewhat of a western Asian feel. Each member of the band plays mutliple instruments and in this album they do it all with the upmost expertise.
The album starts off on a 3/4 atmospheric note that truly left me wanting more. Not long after, their masterful single track, "One Hundred other Lovers" hails third on the track listing and Devotchka couldn't have chosen a better song for their single. Each verse in the single track features fast paced and doubled vocals that'd be perfectly accompanied with a convertible car and the sun in your face. As the album progresses, it gets a bit darker at times (such as in the tracks "The Man from Sebastian" and "Exhaustible") but it quickly picks back up into it's overall upbeat feel with a quick 20 second interlude followed by some more spanish guitar/western ambience.
All in all a great, well rounded folk album. Don't stop listening once you've heard the single on the radio. There is definitely much more to this band than a single track. 100 Lovers merits a listen by any folk/punk rocker and/or fan of the movie Little Miss Sunshine if you haven't delved too deep in the world of folk.
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