Wednesday, April 29, 2009


DeVotchKa is a group consisting of 4 individuals that play a LOT of fun instruments, including the bouzouki, sousaphone, and one of my personal favorites, the theremin. DeVotchKa meshes all sorts of Eastern European music roots with American punk and folk and make it work, often generating intriguing melodies with rhythms that have a life of their own. You may recognize them from their song "How It Ends" which was featured on the trailer for the film "Everything Is Illuminated," or their work on scoring part of the film "Little Miss Sunshine," which went on to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack. They released their last album A Mad & Faithful Telling more than a year ago and are currently touring the world (they hit the USA later this May), but it still surprises me how many people don't know about them, especially those that like Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens. Give them a listen if you're unfamiliar.

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