|Eau Claire Volume One
THE HELLBLINKI SEXTET
it's actually 3 people, and yes, it's as weird as it looks
Apocalypse Theater + Harsh Reality + The Hellblinki Sextet .
Thursday July 31st . The House of Rock . 9pm . $5 . 838-0158 . www.myspace.com/hellblinki .
dark carnival awaits the listener in Hellblinki. Although officially
titled The Hellblinki Sextet, at the time of this press, the unit is a
three piece. Expect the unexpected from this Asheville, N.C.
congregation. Visions of circus sideshows and sly-eyed shysters abound,
given personality by the wide range of eclectic instrumentation
employed by the Hellblinki crew. Glockenspiel (Google it), melodica,
accordion, toy piano, knicknacks, and devices are all played and/or
beaten to craft the stark, haunting folksy music. Think Tom Waits
but with a gypsy female singer or a more stripped down pirate version
of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. This is the soundtrack to the old
country, yet compromised with modern stains. It's easy to envision the
elders of some culture, familiar, but not your own, gathered around
celebrating a wedding, birth, a sacrifice to the previous gods
worshipped in secrecy. Pass the cup and drink from this potion of
illusion and try to make sense of the familiar as it's warped and
twisted into an uneasy dream that's hard to shake. Their newest
album, Oratory, captures a unique if not disconcerting band always
willing to throw the listener a curveball with a knife sticking out of
it. For instance, naming the opening track "The End." While
the music is an odd pill, it's the evocative lyrics and vocal stylings
of Valerie Meiss that will be the siren's call that lures listeners
into the rabbit hole from which there is no turning back.