Friday, August 28, 2009

The Seductive Music of Tin Pan Orange at Basement Discs

After a week of wild, windy weather, Melbourne today hinted that Spring is on the way, putting on a mild sunny day.

Even if it had still been blowing a gale I would have made it down to Basement Discs to see Tin Pan Orange perform their delightful music.

Tin Pan Orange is a trio comprising brother and sister Jesse and Emily Lubitz, and multi instrumentalist Alex Burkoy. Together they produce a sweet, accomplished sound. Emily is lead singer of the group and has one of those great voices – somewhat smoky and sultry, with a lovely sorrowful quality to it. She also plays guitar and ukulele. Her brother Jesse lends his voice to some songs and also leads the vocals on occasions and plays guitar. Alex Burkoy’s beautiful instrumental accompaniment on violin and mandolin was the icing on the cake for what was a simply beautiful half hour of music.

They have just released their third CD, The Bottom of the Lake, which was indeed the reason for their in store at Basement Discs today. They sang several songs from it today - La La La, A Song for Frida Kahlo, and Saudades to name a few. They also did a slow jazzy version of a song credited to the Hank Williams, Jambalaya (On the Bayou).

Showing remarkable confidence and poise for persons of their tender years, Tin Pan Orange gives the impression they will go very far indeed in the local and perhaps international music scene.

Give them a listen on their My Space page and be impressed.

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