100 Lovers


100 Lovers


When DeVotchKa released their epic fourth album seven years ago, How It Ends, they burst into the indie playground in an unexpected way.  The profound title track “How It Ends” had a major influence in both music and entertainment in general, appearing in trailers, commercials and films for years after its release (including the trailers for Everything Is Illuminated and Gears of War 2 as well as scoring the independent film favorite Little Miss Sunshine).  Yet time has passed and as we have seen with too many bands, many don’t make it gracefully past that magnum opus.  But DeVotchKa proves again they aren’t slowing down.  While nothing has had the same magnitude as How It Ends, their newest release 100 Lovers builds perfectly on that melancholic, longing sound so expertly mastered in that fourth release.  No, 100 Lovers certainly is nothing new for the group.  But with their incredibly unique sound that combines traditional Romani, Greek, Slavic, Bolero, Mariachi music with American punk and folk roots and the only sound like them is, well, them.  So while they may have fallen a little stagnant in comparison to their fourth album, their newest release stands out in form from most modern “indie” records.  It’s a noble release for a band that has more to live up to than other acts its size.  And a great addition to any fan’s collection.

Released:  3/1/2011


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