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Projekt Presents: A Dark Cabaret
Various Artists featuring Voltaire and Jill Tracy
The Sepiachord Companion
To the Bottom of the Sea
"The End" kicks off things with a charismatic and slightly evil sounding Andrew Benjamin (singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist) leading the band in a dark cabaret-esque tune, accompanied by Ian Moore on violin and Brad Lunsford on bass. It is easy to imagine the singer Benjamin as Lucifer himself, complete with a circus top hat and a cane in one hand, inviting the listener to join him in the depths of the underworld for the rest of eternity to come. Lyrics like, "Look down in this deep dark hole/beneath the ground, here's a ticket to a land below / ...Follow, follow, follow me" only help to reaffirm the above mentioned image that much more. From this point on, things simply get weirder (and much more wonderful) as the album progresses.
"Kerosene" finds the group playing in an early 20th century bluesy style Americana, complete with dobro guitar, piano and Tom Waits-like vocals, while only two songs later the band completely switches it up with "Bella Ciao," a traditional Italian folk song played without the slightest bit of smugness or sarcasm. The lovely Valerie Meiss uses her operatic voice to full degree on the later, creating one of the absolute highlights in all the 23 tracks on an album filled with glowing songs. The Hellblinki Sextet is without question one of the most unique, gifted and flat-out fun bands to come out of the region in a long time. (Self-released)