Everyone is using social networking these days and musician Regina Spektor, in town for a show at Metropolis Sept. 17, is no exception. Spektor’s promo team uses Facebook and Myspace pages to pump up fans for her new album Far, released this past June, as well as her upcoming shows. The Russian-Jewish, Manhattan-grown singer-songwriter is touring the US and Canada to promote that latest album – and to re-acquaint fans with her unusual stage presence.
Far should exceed the expectations of Spektor fans, dappling with all of her eccentricities: leaping vocals, meaningful lyrics, and last but not least, dolphin imitations. Dolphin imitations? Not surprising from someone who wrote in her Myspace blog that she “kind of wanted [the album] to be called fart for a while … ever since I named it far, I wished it was fart …”.
Among the tracks on the CD, Spektor takes a very serious tone in “Laughing With,” discussing how we laugh at God when we’re experiencing good times, but seldom in times of trouble. She then switches it up into a fun, Indian-sub-continent inspired “Dance Anthem Of The 80’s” talking about boys and girls that meet up at meat markets and want to watch each other eat and sleep. Finally, the dolphin sounds, found in the song “Folding Chair”.
Recently, CNN asked Spektor what was the deal with that song. Her reply? “Um… I don’t know. Dolphins are cool.” It seems Spektor does not focus her attention on what her fans will like: she experiments with her voice and has fun, knowing that her fans will love anything she puts out, as long as her heart is into it.
What can we expect when Spektor makes her presence felt in Montreal? From her previous shows, we can look forward to some quaint and shy “merci’s,” like a lamb speaking from the mouth of a lion. When she is performing, Spektor puts her entire heart and soul into every beat. In between songs, she tends to be shy without much to say to the crowd. That crowd is usually quite content with that: her music speaks for itself.
When Spektor came to Montreal in 2006 to promote the release of Soviet Kitsch, it was just her with a baby grand (okay, also a chair, drumstick, and electric guitar). The venue was small, and everyone sat at candle-lit tables. However, upon her return in 2008 for the album Begin to Hope, Spektor donned a full band and – gasp! – a keyboard. A bigger venue, the National, was packed with people both sitting and standing.
So again, what can we expect for this Thursday’s show at the Metropolis? Stunning vocals and a radiant lady, to be sure. The rest is for you to discover.
Regina Spektor plays at Metropolis, September 17th. For details and ticket information, go to the Metropolis site. To learn more about Spektor and listen to songs from her latest album, check out her Myspace.