3 Leg Torso, 3 Leg Torso

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Uncategorizable art-pop from Portland, Oregon, for all occasions.

Violinist Béla Balogh and accordionist Courtney Von Drehle are the two longest-lasting legs of this sui generis group; back in 1997, when they recorded their debut, the other member was cellist Gabe Leavitt. (They're now a quintet with two percussionists.) The album's got hints of tango, klezmer and German art-song (a version of Hans Eisler's "To the Little Radio"); sometimes it sounds like café music from Weimar Germany, sometimes like avant-garde cartoon music. I've seen them play at house parties, a formal university concert and a wedding.