Fiona Apple isn’t the only idiosyncratic piano popstress delivering a new album in 2012. While Apple’s set has yet to be penciled in on the calendar (she is touring, a good sign), Regina Spektor will release What We Saw From The Cheap Seats on May 21.
For her sixth studio album, her first since 2009′s Far, Spektor has teamed up with Mike Elizondo, the former Dr. Dre associate and prolific producer who also happens to have helmed Apple’s last set, 2005′s Extraordinary Machine. Today, “All The Rowboats,” the first single from What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, became available for download.
The quick-tempoed “All The Rowboats” has a melodic undercurrent that is both menacing and haunting, supported by some pretty intense beats. Elizondo wisely keeps Spektor and her piano at the center of the song from stem to stern, but the overall musical change of pace proves an excellent pairing. The Russian-American singer-songwriter’s choice of subject matter remains as quirky as ever: Works of art now “locked up” in museums and galleries for eternity.
Purchase Regina Spektor – “All The Rowboats” via iTunes.