Songs from Underground
Debauche is back and they’ve brought friends along to this insane Russian party. In true form, the energetic acoustic Russian folk band launches into their bouncy and intoxicating native music. The listener is helpless against moving along, possibly wanting to indulge in some bellydancing or singing along with the group “Ay, lai, lai, lais.” Ukrainian-born vocalist and guitarist Yegor Romanstov croons throughout the album in his raspy, longing voice about trials, tribulations, lesbians, and vodka. My personal favorite selection (though they are all fun and endearing) has got to be “Gop So Smykom” because the tempo speeds up during the song. However, the haunting violin and accordion mix by Joe Mcginty and Matt Schriber, respectively, in “Rabinovich” is very Old World reminiscent. Other guests on the album include fiddler Dr. Sick, guitarist Georgy Petrov, and accordionists Christian Kuffner and Alla Melnik just to name a few. Songs from Underground is a piece of Russia in New Orleans.