DeVotchKa went from being Dita von Teese's burlesque backing band to the Billboard-charting, most-popular-gypsy-rock-band-in-America that they are today in large part thanks to the movies. Their songs' inclusions in films like Everything Is Illuminated, I Love You Phillip Morris, and most notably Little Miss Sunshine, won the Denver quartet massive amounts of exposure. In keeping, DeVotchKa's newest album, this month's 100 Lovers, the follow-up to 2008's swoony and romantic A Mad & Faithful Telling, is intense and moving on a cinematic scale. DeVotchKa's music has always been nothing if not passionate, but now they've got a full orchestra backing them. The bouzouki still strums, the sousaphone still blares, and Nick Urata's tenor still ripples and wails, but this time it's all enhanced and expanded forward by the swelling strings--it's gothic grandeur its boldest and most dramatic.
Listen to the lovely almost-title track, "100 Others Lovers":