There’s no denying that Amanda Palmer is a very talented and versatile woman. Eight foot bride living statue, singer, song-writer, pianist, ukulele player and now writer, her output has always leaned to the quirky with more than hint of cabaret. I find this desire to dissect the mainstream ever appealing and never more so than her collaboration with fellow experimentalist and ex-street performer Jason Webley.
In 2010 the two of them collaborated on an eponymous album called Evelyn Evelyn, a macabre mix of vocals, ukulele, guitar, accordion and piano that tells the story of twin sisters…
The sisters are parapagus tripus dibrachius twins, sharing three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts and a single liver.
Born September 11, 1985 on a small farm on the Kansas-Colorado border, the Evelyns have traveled the greater part of North America performing with “Dillard & Fullerton’s Illusive Traveling Show”.
Their unique musical style is inspired by their many eclectic influences – from 80’s music to showtunes, Joy Division to the Andrews Sisters.
The sisters currently reside in Walla Walla, Washington. They are fluent in chicken and their favorite colors are purple and yellow.
What stands out for me on the album of this lurid tale, is the cover version at the end. Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” has stood the test of time to become a master class of song writing with lyrics that only a very talented mind can ever hope to emulate. Yet this simple rendition performed by Palmer and Webley is one of the most gruesome yet heart warming recordings I’ve ever heard evermore enhanced by the story it concludes. The soft gentle ukulele is incredibly powerful and whilst the video posted here includes the use of a melodica, on the album track Amanda Palmer is back on the familiar ground of her piano to give the latter end of the song a little extra bite.
To be brutally honest, the video doesn’t do this song justice, it’s amusing, but I think it loses the emotional impact a little and I’d suggest you turn the lights off, lay down and listen to track 12… it will send a shiver down your spine! This haunting rendition of the Ian Curtis classic is the best thing Amanda Palmer has done with a ukulele in her hands.