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M.O.T.H.

by Carol Lipnik & Spookarama

"Count this among the most stunning releases of 2011" - Lucid Culture - - On M.O.T.H. CAROL LIPNIK AND SPOOKARAMA DRAW INSPIRATION FROM AN UNLIKELY CONVERGENCE OF THE SUFI POETRY OF RUMI AND 50’S HORROR MOVIE MONSTERS.
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2. Undine Outwitted
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3. Creature
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4. Poison Flower
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5. The Two Headed Calf
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6. Werewolf
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7. Moth
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8. I Am Receiving You
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9. Spirits Be Kind To Me
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ON THEIR MOST ANTICIPATED NEW MUSICAL RELEASE,
CAROL LIPNIK AND SPOOKARAMA DRAW INSPIRATION FROM AN UNLIKELY CONVERGENCE OF THE SUFI POETRY OF RUMI AND 50’S HORROR MOVIE MONSTERS, FEATURING DRED SCOTT, RICHARD JULIAN, JIM CAMPILONGO, TIM LUNTZEL AND A CAST OF CHARACTERS THAT MESMERIZE.

“Judge my wings by the beauty of your candle” sings the moth as it ecstatically dives into the flame.

Known for her thrilling 4-octave voice and exquisitely crafted songs, the one and only Siren of Song presents her most anticipated collection of authentic Coney Island Parlor Punk to date. A rich and compelling musical experience, M.O.T.H. (an acronym for Matters of the Heart) delivers the carnivalesque thrills and heartbreaking chills that this tenderly complex artist is known for in her live shows -- and then some.

Produced by the notoriously-talented multi-instrumentalist Dred Scott with Lipnik, M.O.T.H. brings together a cast of luminary musical characters that include the legendary Jim Campilongo on electric guitar, celebrated songwriter Richard Julian on acoustic, cool guy Tim Luntzel (Roseane Cash, Over The Rhine) on bass, sultry Rob Sudduth on saxophones, the virtuostic Jacob Lawson on violin, award-winning oboist Mark Snyder, and haunting cameo by renowned vocalist and performance artist Joseph Keckler.

A collection of twisted musings in song on the mysteries of desire and longing, Lipnik draws inspiration from an unlikely convergence of the Sufi poet Rumi, 50's Horror film monsters, freaks and feral creatures. Opening with the crazed Baroque galloping plea of FIREFLY, continuing with the tango UNDINE OUTWITTED – “When I was a mermaid I tried to pull you underwater but you became the water”, an operatic CREATURE (from the point of view of a lovelorn Creature From The Black Lagoon), the Rumi inspired spell of POISON FLOWER, the bizarrely poignant and epiphanous TWO HEADED CALF (based on a poem by the late Laura Gilpin), an Yma Sumac styled rockabilly version of Michael Hurley’s classic WEREWOLF, the Rumi inspired harrowing title song traces a MOTH’s ecstatic slow motion kamikaze dive into a flaming candle, the odd ballad I AM RECEIVING YOU with it’s short wave radio and Morse code interludes, the rollicking Bowie-esque incantation SPIRITS BE KIND TO ME, ending with another Rumi inspiration, the magnificent spiritual LOVE DOGS, with it’s long empty pauses between each line.
The drama of Carol's spectacular voice coupled with the mystery, heartbreak and humor of her songwriting, provide for a spellbinding and haunted musical journey.


Vocalist and songwriter, Carol Lipnik, grew up in Coney Island in the midst of its long decline. Her earliest memories are of shyly pedaling a blue banana seat bicycle around the abandoned amusement park (especially off season), staring up at the totem-like, decaying rides. After studying fine arts at Pratt Institute and The Art Students League, Carol opted for the immediate emotional gratification of singing, and found that she had a knack for it -- as well as a seemingly limitless vocal range. She drew from her visual arts training to create a singular cinematic style rooted in Blues, Pre-War Berlin Cabaret, Folk, etc, as filtered through her very own carnival and psychedelic sensibilities.

With her band Spookarama (named for Coney Island’s ramshackle spook house), Carol has enjoyed a loyal and steadily growing following on the New York club scene, performing at such venues as The Spiegeltent, P.S. 122, The Siren Festival, Weimar New York, Galapagos Art Space, Joe's Pub, The River to River Festival,The Chapel at Green-Wood Cemetery, The Knitting Factory, The Brooklyn Lyceum, and NPR, among others. M.O.T.H. is the band's fifth studio recording.
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Carol Lipnik's M.O.T.H. Brings Up The Lights
"Gorgeously orchestrated, warm and often sultry, shapeshifting chanteuse Carol Lipnik’s latest album M.O.T.H. (meaning Matters of the Heart) is an unexpected treat from someone who’s made her name as a purveyor of brilliantly surreal, carnivalesque songs. As you would expect, those songs frequently create an atmosphere of menace; here, that menace still looms in places, but from a considerable distance. Love or hope are always portrayed as part of a dialectic with pain on the other end, especially on a handful of settings of Rumi poems. Behind Lipnik, this version of Spookarama includes her longtime collaborator, dark jazz piano genius Dred Scott (who also contributes other keys, bass, drums and guitar on one track) along with Jacob Lawson on violin, Tim Luntzel on bass and Jim Campilongo guesting on guitar on one track.

It opens on a bouncy, playfully seductive note with Firefly: “In my dream world, you’re my temple.” It goes from playful to dark and back again and then ends cold. With its dark tango pulse, Undine Outwitted is characteristically surreal - ”When I was a mermaid, I tried to pull you underwater, but you became the water” – and grows to a lush grandeur. The following track, told from the point of view of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, offers a perspective that’s genuinely poignant rather than camp, an outsider anthem if there ever was one and a showcase for the upper registers of Lipnik’s breathtaking four-octave range.

"With the first of the Rumi lyrics, Poison Flower sets uneasily psychedelic layers of vocals over a wary violin waltz, a vivid portrayal of temptation and desire. The long, psychedelic title track alternates hypnotic ambience with a big, stomping, hard-rocking chorus; the following Rumi-themed number sways with echoes of 60s psychedelic folk-rock. Based on a Laura Gilpin poem, The Two Headed Calf presents another sympathetic view of a freak: he may be facing imminent death and then possibly several posthumous lifetimes in a museum, but for now he’s looking at the stars, and he sees twice as many as we do. Michael Hurley’s Werewolf (famously covered by Cat Power) sticks closer to the original, done with a menacing sway and some deliciously noir, twangy Campilongo guitar. Spirits Be Kind to Me, written by Tom Ward, is darkly bouncing and stagy: Lipnik keeps the drama understated, making it more of an invocation than a plea. The album winds up on a gracefully majestic note with Love Dogs, based on yet another Rumi poem: “Your pure sadness that longs for love is the secret cup.” Count this among the most stunning releases of 2011."
- LUCID CULTURE

"If words could describe this disc, you wouldn't need me. I can only
share the joy & excitement her music has brought me over the years.
A one of a kind if there ever was one!"
G. Maida
The Electric Croude
WCVE Public Radio

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Brant Lyon poet/musician

This is what love feels like
Carol Lipnik is at her pysch-folk punk-cabaret best in this, her latest collection, which runs the gamut from a mournfully minimalist tune about two-headed calf left to die in a starlit field to a campy tango about an undine and elegiac soliloquy by The Creature of the Black Lagoon to the title tune, MOTH, that starts out so innocently until it crushes under the weight of its grunge refrain, "This is what love feels like." Lipnik's vocals will uplift you, sweep you in their undertow, and chill you in turns. An uncommonly imaginative collection of songs that move one by their pathos as much as they amuse by their humor and delicious peculiarity.
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