Voltaire | To the Bottom of the Sea

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To the Bottom of the Sea

by Voltaire

Gypsy punk, dark cabaret, sea shanties and Steampunk collide on the new CD by the original Gothic renaissance man and his skeletal orchestra of gyspy pirates
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. The Industrial Revolution (And How It Ruined My Life)
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2. Robber Baron
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3. Stakes and Torches
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4. Happy Birthday (My Olde Friend)
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5. Coin Operated Goi
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6. Accordion Player
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7. This Sea
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8. The Beast of Pirate's Bay
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9. Tempest
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10. This Ship's Going Down
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11. To the Bottom of the Sea
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12. Death Death (Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil Song)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After 10 years of releasing CDs through Projekt Records, Voltaire embarks
on his first self-released studio album. And what a journey it is!
Somewhere between concept record and full-blown musical, \"To The Bottom of the Sea\" tells the tale of a gypsy tinker and his tumultuous journey from
his homeland in the mountains of Vorutania, to a watery grave at the ocean
depths.

Back are Voltaire\'s signature gypsy violins and celtic rhythms (provided by long-time mates Kitzis, Goeke and Sorino). But new to
the line-up is an accordion player, Franz Nicolay (World Inferno
Friendship Society, The Hold Steady, Guignol) that catapults each track
clean into the realm of gypsy punk (and piratey sea shanties on the second
half of the disc). Also guesting on this CD is a cadre of all-stars from the gypsy punk scene including Johnny Kalsi (Firewater, The Dhol Foundation) on percussion, Ruet Regev (Firewater) on trombone, and Luminescent Orchestrii string players Sarah Alden and Rima Fand. The result is a turn-of-the-century romp sure to delight pirates, Steampunks and gypsies.

The Story:
The CD opens up with a Billy Bragg-styled anthem in which our narrator
explains how the Industrial Revolution is responsible for the
homogenization of our culture. This kicks off a flash back to a
turn-of-the-century, Eastern block country called Vorutania where our
gypsy tinker and his mates revolt against the evil Robber Baron who
tyrannically lords over them. Hints and nods to Gogol Bordello are evident
as the peasants rise up and later celebrate drunkenly through the next few
tracks of unbridled debauchery. In a mid-CD highlight, Voltaire winks at his colleagues The Dresden Dolls with a hilarious parody of Coin Operated Boy titled Coin Operated Goi (sung in a Yiddish accent, no less!) But alas, like in any good debauched anarchy, the power
void leads to the inevitable war. This ushers in a coupling of somber
tracks where Voltaire\'s voice, in a more intimate setting, takes on a low,
smokey growl reminiscent of Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave. Our protagonist
tells his wife (sung by polish chanteuse, Julia Marcell) that he must seek his fortune at sea. This lush and lyrical duet gives way to the second half of the CD in which our anti-hero sets out to sea and bring us all along for the voyage. Along the way are sea shanties, a rousing belly-dancing track and some Tom Waits-inspired dirges and romps. The closing track is a classic Voltaire skewering of society in which our narrator, back in the present day, explains why all of his tales must end so morbidly.

Voltaire\'s myspace page has long described him as a \"Renaissance man with Gypsy pirate band\". That characterization has never been as true as it is on \"To The Bottom of the Sea\". His 6th release really delivers the goods.


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Annika Baty

Wonderful!
This is an amazing CD. It feels almost like the soundtrack to a musical--I felt as though I was watching the tale unfold before me. It is beautifully crafted, and well worth one's time. It is a fantastic CD.

Christopher Shirreff

Glorious!
Voltaire's done a great job with this album. There's not a weak song on the tracklist, and the whole thing hangs together really well. This may well be his best work to date.

Pier Paolo Conconi


Bellissimo!

Kei

Awesome
I really enjoyed the cd, I love all of his music and this cd does not disappoint. ^.^

Laura M.

Viva la Vorutania!
Despite being a self-released album (which, on its own, is no small feat), \"To the Bottom of the Sea\" is packed from stem to stern with Voltaire\'s classic blend of wit, humor, and poignancy. His charisma and flair for storytelling are so compelling, and the music so evocative, it\'s almost impossible to resist their allure. The story flows like a folk tale given voice, told and re-told until it takes on almost mythic proportions, and there\'s no shortage of drama or pathos here. He\'s accompanied by a group of fantastic singers, musicians, and visionaries that add their own prodigious talent to this uniquely \"Vorutanian\" work. It\'s an implausibly entertaining album, which, despite the tragic overtones of many of the tracks, also manages to be a lot of fun. Sure, it\'s chock-full of mayhem, satire, anarchy, and bloody revolution, but there are also subtler nuances that tug at the heartstrings and weave a potent tale of love and loss, and the sacrifices that even the least of us will make. And, hey- if that doesn\'t interest you, you can dance to it, too!

a

brilliant!
absolutely awesome!

Laila Steinsvaag

Brilliant guy
I ordered this CD and received it in good condition. I love Voltaire, his style and how creative he is! The lyrics are entertaining and at times very funny. The artwork is amazing as well. The whole CD is like reading a book, it's like an adventure you don't want to miss out on, it makes you want to listen from start to finish without skipping any part.

Dolores Ulrich

Good Times!
I ordered my CD without any problems and it arrived rather quickly. I just love Voltaire and he seems to be getting better with every album he comes out with. This one is by far his best IMHO. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

Aleksander A.

Simply amazifying
I can\'t think of any long, awesome review to give this album..But I can say one thing; To the Bottom of the Sea blew me away. I had rather high expectations for it to begin with, and those expectations were definetely met. Kudos on a awewsome piece of work,Voltaire!

It did feel somewhat short though, but that *may* be because I found every bit of it awesome...I use awesome a lot today >_>

I made a new word, yahey

Andrew

Amazing
i wasn\'t sure if i was going to like it as much as i did ooky spooky, but i like it just as much, if not more. it\'s not all quite as funny as ooky spooky, but the songs are all fantastic, and i think his music writing has gotten much better and more complex.
i love it.
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