Various Artists: A Dark Cabaret 2


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  1. Voltaire – Coin Operated Goi
  2. HUMANWINE – Rivolta Silenziosa
  3. Black tape for a blue girl – Sailor Boy
  4. Birdeatsbaby – The Trouble
  5. Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys – Sea Song (Mare Carmen)
  6. KatzKab – Join Us (Edit) (formerly Katzenjammer Kabarett)*
  7. Spiritual Front – Song for the Old Man
  8. Unextraordinary Gentlemen – Black Iron Road (2011 version)*
  9. Jill Tracy – In Between Shades
  10. Adrian H and The Wounds – Bad Man*
  11. Attrition РA’dam & Eva (the resurrection)*
  12. ThouShaltNot – The Haunted Phonograph*

    *=previously unreleased

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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, risqu√© 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 ‚ÄėThe Trouble‚Äô¬†(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.

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