- Voltaire – Coin Operated Goi
- HUMANWINE – Rivolta Silenziosa
- Black tape for a blue girl – Sailor Boy
- Birdeatsbaby – The Trouble
- Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys – Sea Song (Mare Carmen)
- KatzKab – Join Us (Edit) (formerly Katzenjammer Kabarett)*
- Spiritual Front – Song for the Old Man
- Unextraordinary Gentlemen – Black Iron Road (2011 version)*
- Jill Tracy – In Between Shades
- Adrian H and The Wounds – Bad Man*
- Attrition – A’dam & Eva (the resurrection)*
- ThouShaltNot – The Haunted Phonograph*
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Well, my pretties, what have we here? It’s the long-awaited follow-up to Projekt’s compilation, A Dark Cabaret. Huzzah! Selling over 15,000 units, that 2005 release introduced the world to the Dark Cabaret genre, drawing on the aesthetics of decadent, risqué German Weimar-era cabarets, burlesque and Vaudeville shows mashed with the stylings of post-1970s goth and punk music. Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal coined the “Dark Cabaret” term in the late 90s, and thus he is the ideal person to compile A Dark Cabaret 2, a delightfully dark and delicious collection featuring 12 artists: fan favorites and new acts soon to be legendary.
Voltaire opens the set with “Coin Operated Goi,” his humorous parody of The Dresden Dolls’ track which opened DarkCab1. Boston is well-represented with HUMANWINE and Boston Phoenix’s Best Live Artist of 2011, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys; both acts are rollicking and scorching, bringing energy to the late night burlesque. Darlings of DarkCab1, Katzenjammer Kabarett are reborn as KatzKab, inciting the listener to “Join Us” on an infectious previously-unreleased track of quirky experimental pop with an 80s electropunk edge. Black Tape For A Blue Girl present their emotionally charged, theatrical, bold & raucous, shanty “Sailor Boy;” Jill Tracy seduces with “In Between Shades,” a dark, elegant netherworld full of hidden passageways, wonder cabinets and opium dens. Newcomer Adrian H and The Wounds slithers into our lives with the gravelly-vocalled, sinfully soulful “Bad Man.” Enigmatic Italian band-leader Simone Salvatori brings Spiritual Front’s “Song For The Old Man;” while Unextraordinary Gentlemen’s “Black Iron Road” travels the cold, shaded streets of a Victorian Purgatory in this mix by the legendary Barry Adamson. Twenty-five years on and Eva is back for another waltz through Amsterdam’s dark underbelly on Attrition’s “A’dam & Eva (the resurrection).” The winner of the “Is that Amanda Palmer or what!?!?!” prize goes to England’s Birdeatsbaby with their schizophrenic hymn ‘The Trouble’ (the video has over 89,000 views on YouTube!). Pop noir veterans ThouShaltNot bring the disc to a ghastly conclusion with their Tin Pan Alley excursion into supernatural insanity, “The Haunted Phonograph.”
Sordid, seductive, catchy and fascinated with the darker side of life, this release is a truly delectable confection. Is that a hint of bitter almond in the meringue? Put on your sexiest flapper dress or Gatsby-esque paper boy hat as A Dark Cabaret 2 puts a new twist on an old fashioned beat; it is dark and twisted, sassy to sinister, a mesmerizing combination of old styles made new.
Conceived, compiled & created by Sam Rosenthal, Spring 2011
Cover image: John-Riley Harper, website. Model: Courtney Edwards.