Thanks, DeVotchKa Bunny! Brawk!
I suppose we all owe DeVotchKa a big round of thanks for opening up the possibilities of weird, Euro-gypsy music to today's indie music fans. Or, at least, Little Miss Sunshine for bringing their music to a much larger audience. Personally, I was digging their sound well before then, but we're getting off topic here.
If not for the Big D, we probably never would have heard the interesting, dulcet sounds of E.S.L. With their mix of, amongst others, a Polish pianist, Cree cellist and crazy fiddler, E.S.L. creates a hodge podge sound of eastern European delights. Theirs is an all-star cast of musicians, comprised of Marta Jacubek-McKeever (Girl Nobody); Cris Derksen; Diona Davies (Po’Girl, Carolyn Mark, Be Good Tanyas) and Joy Mullen (The People Verses, The Doers, Greg MacPherson), with guest appearances by Duffy Driediger of Ladyhawk, and Marta's father, Irek Jaciubek, on the Polish styled Czarne Oczy.
June 3 brings the release of their debut, Eye Contact. The fact that the band currently resides in Vancouver simply reinforces my theory that Canadian musicians soon will rule the world.