A mere five years ago, Regina Spektor was hypnotizing small crowds at hole-in-the-wall venues on New York's Lower East Side. After playing hundreds of shows in and around NYC, Spektor became the talk of the burgeoning music scene. Though she was selling many copies of CDs she had recorded and produced with friends (11:11 and Songs), it was her next album, "Soviet Kitsch," that would become her calling card.
Abandoning her usual method of production and opting for a new experience, Spektor holed herself up at New York Noise Studios in NYC's Meatpacking District with seasoned producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney). Spending two months during the summer of 2005 working on her new release. Spektor had the opportunity to experiment "until a little Frankenstein was born." Taking two months to record was a huge amount of time by Spektor's standards, she'd recorded her "Songs" record in 1 day and "Soviet Kitsch" in 10. t'
Judging from the final product, we'd say mission accomplished. On "Begin To Hope" Spektor took the lyrical vignettes and sparse instrumentation she crafted for "Soviet Kitsch" and pushed herself more in every directionÃ¢Â€Â”both lyrically and musically. From the staccato strings plucking the opening chords to the album's first song, "Fidelity," to the blues-infused homage to Billie Holiday "Lady," Spektor isn't able to pinpoint the exact inspiration behind her musical musings.
Catch Regina on tour:
May 10 - Dante's - Portland, OR
May 13 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
May 16 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
Jun 28 - Queen Elizabeth Hall - London
Jul 9 2006 - T in the Park - Scotland
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