Autumn is upon us, so I’m busting out all of my favorite fall records. First up: anything and everything Jill Tracy has ever touched with her long, thin, alabaster hands.
As can be plainly seen from this gorgeous music video for “Haunted by the Thought of You”, Madame Tracy is one classy dame. Cool as a cucumber. Who else do I know who could maintain such an unflappable air of poise and elegance as reanimated hearts, levitating chairs, creepy humanoid automata, and even the arse of Satan himself loom directly behind her? No one!
Jill Tracy performing live in NYC. Photo by Don Spiro.
I’ve been swooning over the Victorian parlor pianist/netherworld chanteuse ever since a video for her seminal song “The Fine Art of Poisoning” was released a few years back, but she’s been casting her Ghostly Gloom Glam Queen spell for well over a decade (since long before this latest incarnation of the “dark cabaret” movement picked up speed), always with unparalleled grace and sincerity.
The songs collected on her latest album The Bittersweet Constrain (two in particular: “Sell My Soul” and “Torture”) do indeed invoke a delicious sort of pleasure/pain, not unlike the burn of real wormwood absinthe trickling down the gullet; unsettling and exhilarating as receiving a languorous tongue bath from a black cat at midnight on some foggy, windswept moor. Highly recommended.
- Kurt Weill: September Songs
- Jacques Brel: “Ne Me Quitte Pas”
- Nico: “No One is There”
- Edith Piaf: “No, je ne regrette rien”
- Tiger Lillies: “Bully Boys”
- Dresden Dolls: “Sing” (alternate cut)
- Reverend Glasseye: “Seventeen Lashes”
- Nicki Jaine: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
- 2007 Edwardian Ball (Rosin Coven, Vau de Vire)
- Vermillion Lies: “No Good” live
- The Ditty Bops: “Wishful Thinking”
- World Inferno Friendship Society: “Tattoos Fade” live
- HUMANWINE: “Wake Up” live
- Sepiachord Magazine: “Music of a Past that Never Was”