01:53 PM on 05/04/12
Praise for Orpheum Bell
Orpheum Bell have become our favourite ĎCountry & Easterní artists! They deftly and elegantly mix classic Americana with gypsy rhythms plucked from travelling carnivals and vaudeville sideshows to create something that is in equal parts melancholic, seductive and sometimes a little bit dangerous." óMad Mackerel
"Itís a carny sound they create, the sound of a travelling medicine show rolling into town, but a long way from the sometimes sinister undercurrents of that music, for theirs is warm, welcoming and consistently engaging."
The Old Sister's Home is "A great album, one thatís both enjoyable and interesting." óAmericana UK
On Daddy's Crying: "This intimate, waltzy vignette is another example of their elegant and organic sound. It is the perfect soundtrack to a hot bath, a bottle of red wine and a broken heart. Dive in and indulge yourself."
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"This folksy gypsy group sounds like nothing else youíve heard before; itís a wildly eclectic mix of insanely diverse musical styles and genres that blends beautifully together to create an idiosyncratic aural entity entirely unto itself. A superbly unique pip." óJersey Beat
"The Old Sisterís Home is Orpheum Bellís most ambitious CD to date (itís third!) with an eclectic style mixing folk, country, Eastern, and even a hard-driving song sung in Russian."óInsomnia Radio
"Orpheum Bellís country and eastern sound has a timeless and boundless quality."óThe Rapidian
"Poor Laetitia" conjures up images of smoky backroom tangos and darkened theaters. Lead vocalist, Aaron Klein's delivery of this character study of an awkward girl with a beautiful name is at once sneering and seductive.
Orpheum Bell isnít your typical band, especially topically. Their gypsy influences and, in this albumís particular case, the unusual influence of the settings, happenings, and aesthetics of hospitals played a role in many of the lyrics and song subjects (hence the albumís title).óNorthern Express
What matters is the music and on new album The Old Sistersí Home, their particular blend is a heady, intoxicating brew with vocals hewn from the Tom Waits stable and backed by tunes that sound as if they belong in smoky back-rooms and dusty, darkened theatres. óMad Mackerel