Regina Spektor, Only Son
Murat Egyptian Room
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m., $22.50, all-ages
A 2006 album staying in Top 10 sales lists at area record shops this year, “Begin to Hope” by Regina Spektor resounds with all lovers and fighters out there. Big music and fashion media outlets have covered the lilac-voiced pianist as if she were a top model.
But the Jewish and Soviet-born, classically-trained musician has received this acclaim not for her beauty, but for her playground-friendly indie rock and Fiona Apple-esque vocals. She doesn’t just sing. She croons and scats from lows to staccato highs, playing with gaping mouth “oohs and ahhs” to make catlike sounds.
Years after her 2003 Sire release, “Soviet Kitsch,” she’s selling out 3,000-plus crowds and performing at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. It’s a giant leap for the Bronx, N.Y.-raised songwriter who began composing music at age 16 after childhood piano lessons. She got her start playing dingy New York clubs, where she’d pass around burned CD-Rs of her music.
Her self-promotion worked: Word traveled by mouth until her album landed in the hands of record producers and now Spektor’s a foreign delicacy. From the superstitious “Après Moi,” to the delicate, ironic love song “Samson,” and the catchy radio hit “Fidelity,” “Begin to Hope” will make you do just that.
Catch Spektor at LUNA Music from 3-3:30 p.m. at 431 Mass Ave. on Oct. 2 for a special autograph signing event.