For a time, every indie band had a cellist. His or her moody sawing didn't always fit the music, but it sure added whiff of high art to the most naive material.
Pale Young Gentlemen have a cello player (she's a pale young woman, not a gent), but their music requires one -- just as it requires cabaret-styled piano, an exaggeratedly fey vocalist and beats drawn from 19th century dance-halls and Eastern European folk music.
Imagine Jacques Brel dancing with Bartok and Freddie Mercury, and you'll have some idea of how a track like the delightfully arch "Saturday Night" comes off, the third on their new self-titled album.
An MP3 of the track is available in the related downloads at right. The new self-titled release by Pale Young Gentlemen will make its formal debut at a release party at Cafe Montmartre on Friday, Mar. 23.
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