Gypsy rockers DeVotchKa return with symphonic songs of heartbreak and devotion | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

Gypsy rockers DeVotchKa return with symphonic songs of heartbreak and devotion 

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Seven years after releasing their sixth studio album, 2011’s 100 Lovers (Anti-), folksy Gypsy rockers Devotchka have returned with their most orchestrated and gorgeous full-length yet, This Night Falls Forever (Concord). Devotchka always have made dense, multifaceted music, but on this record, singer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Urata’s film-scoring influence is most evident (not that fellow multi-instrumentalists Tom Hagerman and Jeanie Schroder make any less impact than usual). An accomplished film and television composer with 30 credits under his belt, Urata has a penchant for the cinematic, and on This Night Falls Forever, he joins epic arrangements with tales of heartbreak, longing, and devotion. “Love Letters” is especially heart-wrenching, with Urata ruminating about lost love over pizzicato strings and garage-rock guitars: “I guess all is forgotten and nothing’s forgiven / I know what you’re holding, and I know where it’s hidden / It’s somewhere back in your memory / There’s a younger, prettier version of me.” On top of the usual indie-rock instrumentation, This Night Falls Forever bursts with strings, woodwinds, piano, acoustic bass, classical guitar, theremin, percussion, and more, which complements Urata’s troubadour voice to a T. And though the Devotchka live experience can’t possibly reproduce all of the album’s layered beauty, it’s still one not to miss.   v


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