Peoples Bizarre

by Peoples Bizarre

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Peoples Bizarre's self titled album is a well rounded and well recorded work. It features cinematic chamber music, balkan inspired rock, edgy jazz and soulful balladry. The album is mostly instrumental, but has a few choice songs in English and Macedonian.

"…the sextet distinguishes itself from the glut of similar combos with a well-developed group sound that makes the most of classic chamber instrumentation (violin, cello, upright bass, clarinet, accordion) and adds drums for rhythmic punch. Whether playing traditional Yiddish ballads with quiet sensitivity or bouncing headlong into original polkas, Peoples Bizarre performs with one voice. That's not to say the ensemble lacks able soloists. Oberlin-trained violinist Sarah Zaharako and clarinetist Colin Stetson are both engaging improvisers. But neither of them soars: Their lead lines tend to stick to the songs' melodic foundations, as if each player were taking the reins for a spell as they travel their pre-charted course. This solidarity bolsters the group's formidable collective power, which should grow even stronger as the bandmates play together."
--Sam Prestianni SF Weekly

credits

released November 11, 2002

Eric Perney - bass
Josh Tillinghast - drums, percussion
Sarah Jo Zaharako - violin
Dan Cantrell - accordion, piano, saw, organ, voice, sound design
Colin Stetson - clarinets, saxophones
Jessica Ivry - cello, voice
guests:
Ara Anderson - trumpet, tuba, percussion
Becca Burrington - trombone
Recorded and Mixed by Elias Reitz
additional recording and sound design by Dan Cantrell
mastered by Tibor Knowles at Ronin Audio
produced by Dan Cantrell and Peoples Bizarre
artwork and photography by Christine Wolheim
design and layout by Christine Wolheim and Dan Cantrell

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Dan Cantrell Oakland, California

Accordionist/pianist/saw player Dan Cantrell performed recently with Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, Beats Antique, the San Francisco Symphony, Danny Elfman, members of the Klezmatics, Brave Old World, and Fishbone. He is an Emmy winning composer known for his soundtrack work on Cartoon Network's Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack series. ... more

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Track Name: Cold Cold Night
I can’s sleep tonight, in my bed
Your voice like heroin, rings in my head
I walk the floorboards, and count my steps
And call your name out, under my breath

Cold, Cold Cold night
Cold, Cold Cold night

I don’t own this skin, I just rest within
Earth don’t give nothin’ it don’t steal again
Rob you of everything, then steal your life
Why can’t it steal the sorrow from this night

Cold, Cold Cold night
Cold, Cold Cold night

You quiet the ghosts, inside my head
Make me remember, then make me forget
It’s time, it’s time, that does us wrong
But time is too long, now that your gone

Cold, Cold Cold night
Cold, Cold Cold night
Track Name: September
the door is wide and open
people going too and fro
between the two worlds
where you and I reside
don't close your eyes

September September, you are so cruel
but crueler still the things it's done to you
take it back, take it back, I won't decline
but October, can't turn back the time, no

And time discloses
it's sweet discourses
but where is that merriment?
is it at that table, where no one is seated?

September September, you are so cruel
but crueler still the things it's done to you
take it back, take it back, I won't decline
but October, can't turn back the time, no