Tue 28 Feb 2012
Soft Machine Gun
I’ve never been much of a fan of Regina Spektor’s operatic bubblegum pop, but her latest offering has a lot more grit, opening and closing with blasting snare drums and running with a dark, emotive piano riff. ‘All The Rowboats’ is the first single off her new album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, her first since 2009’s Far. The new album has an unconfirmed release date of May 12, via Sire/Warner Bros. Records. Recorded in Los Angeles with renowned producer Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple), the album is a collection of new and old compositions, some of which Spektor has gone back to after leaving them as demos for several years. Her previous body of work has often been compared to Kate Nash and Tori Amos, but this new song segues towards a new set of slightly more interesting influences, placing her in the company of Amanda Palmer and Beth Gibbons (Portishead). Spektor combines her assets well here, using her piano skills to drive the tone and her voice to set a steady pace. It all blends nicely together, sounding tough and affirming without throwing itself at you.
Fans eager to get their hands on something before May 21 will be glad to hear news of a 7″ coming out on April 21 (Record Store Day), containing cover versions of two traditional Russian songs.