Loren Lankford
March 21, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Mad & Faithful Telling

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
DeVotchKa
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it an A-

These gypsy rockers lent music to the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack and the Everything Is Illuminated trailer, but it’s DeVotchKa’s 2002 gig backing Dita Von Teese’s burlesque act that best captures their theatrical spirit. The band’s fourth LP, A Mad & Faithful Telling takes you on a mind trip through vintage times, where Nick Urata’s swelling voice rhymes about things like a ”beautifully mutilated, insanely antiquated” ex-lover. And it’s a rare group that can make you wistful while wielding a caravan’s worth of instruments like a theremin, accordion, and sousaphone. A-
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