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The Old Sisters' Home

by Orpheum Bell

Orpheum Bell’s most ambitious CD to date, their eclectic style is demonstrated by genre-crossing selections including folk, country, latin, and even a hard-driving song sung in Russian – all filled with explosive, intense musicality and vocal hooks.
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Poor Laetitia
3:55 $0.99
2. Whatever Shines So Bright
5:08 $0.99
3. The Old Sisters' Home
4:57 $0.99
4. Chain Stitched Heart
5:33 $0.99
5. Family Pictures
4:39 $0.99
6. Parade
3:46 $0.99
7. Daddy's Crying
5:52 $0.99
8. Cuckolded Wren
3:51 $0.99
9. Kembster's Laz
3:13 $0.99
10. Skinny Bird
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
"It’s a carny sound they create, the sound of a traveling medicine show rolling into town, but a long way from the sometimes sinister undercurrents of that music, for theirs is warm, welcoming and consistently engaging. The playing is inventive and sublime, particularly on the instrumentals scattered thought the album, and the lyrics, notably on the sad tale of ‘Poor Laetitia’ and the wrenching ‘Daddy’s Crying‘, powerful and poignant. A great album, one that’s both enjoyable and interesting.” - Americana UK

“Musically, everything on the album is interesting, and the astonishing depth is revealed in repeated listening. But the highlights are with the title track, a showcase for violinist Henrik Karapatyan; “Poor Laetitia“; the eastern Europe-meets-bluegrass mashup “Family Pictures”; the duet “Chain Stitched Heart” (possibly the most purely cheerful sounding song on the record); and the finale “Khadaya Ptitsa” (“Skinny Bird”). The lyrics (which are in Russian) to “Skinny Bird” again call to mind the Waits influence to close out the record, with a chorus that alludes to a children’s rhyme set to a background that’s nearly as frenetic as a Balkan brass band:

Skinny bird, fly away home
Skinny bird, the river’s close at hand
Skinny bird, I’m with you
I’m with you, I’m with you” -DriftwoodMagazine.com

As with their previous two CDs, the art and packaging of "The Old Sisters' Home" is a quietly elegant compliment to the music contained inside.



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