Release Date: Mar 18, 2008
Record label: Anti
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Like the stately, mature parents of Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa have created a unique niche by mixing eastern and western traditions into the same pot. A Mad and Faithful Telling is their first release since the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack expanded their fan base tenfold, and it continues the group's unique cultural mishmash, sounding like a Morrissey-fronted Calexico playing norteño tunes in an Eastern European ballroom. It's a veritable circus of styles, none of which are normally associated with Colorado's musical climate.
Last year, the movie Little Miss Sunshine made North Americans clamour for independent flicks. It also gave many music fans the hots for little-known Colorado band DeVotchKa, which contributed a number of songs to the soundtrack. Like Gogol Bordello, the band fuses Eastern European sounds with rock ’n’ roll, creating an odd mix of genres and time periods.
The Digital Age has sparked the globalization of indie pop, heard in everything from Beirut and Gogol Bordello to Vampire Weekend and M.I.A. Not since Doug Sahm's Texas Tornados, however, has an act so uniquely coined its own multicultural currency as Denver's Devotchka. A Mad & Faithful Telling, the quartet's Anti- debut and first full-length since producing the Grammy-nominated score to Little Miss Sunshine, unsheathes a musical realm without boundaries, beginning with opener "Basso Profundo," which blends Eastern European folk with Morricone-style spaghetti Western noir for Cirque du Soleil acrobatics.