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The Tango Saloon - Transylvania

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Newmarket Music is proud to support the re-release of this amazing album through Romero Records. Transylvania is The Tango Saloon's 2008 follow up to their successful self-titled debut and features guest vocals from Mike Patton on the infectiously awesome track Dracula Cha Cha.

13 tracks imbuing the band's tango/western blend with a touch of vampiric horror, featuring fourteen of Australia's finest instrumentalists. Although a concept album based on that most enduring of horror icons, Count Dracula, Transylvania isn't a grim, blood-soaked record of shrieking organs and shrill violins. Rather, Tango Saloon leader Julian Curwin has turned to the folk music of Eastern Europe to capture something of the superstitious culture of those dwelling in the shadow of the Carpathians. Transylvania is dark - much darker than the band's 2006 debut - but it never resorts to cheap Halloween trickery to convey its intended mood. 

Heavily influenced by tango pioneer Astor Piazzolla and film-music legend Ennio Morricone, The Tango Saloon fuse the most delectable elements of film score, rock, gypsy, jazz and electronic music in a way that honors the tango tradition with a sense of humour and ingenuity.

"There is a greater diversity of moods and textures in this CD's sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes genuinely bewitching walk on the dark side, including Jane Sheldon's disembodied voice and Curwin's tremolando guitar on I Want Some Fun. That's a world away from the Munsters-like diabolism of Transylvania, with its puffed-chest tuba and trombone. Accordion and viola lead Dance of the Dead closer to tango, and the tune is delightful, while the pantomime elements of The Chase give way to a truly ravishing little melody, and then a dash of King Crimson-like metallic brutality." - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

Track Listing:

  1. Transylvania
  2. The Count
  3. I Want Some Fun
  4. Dance Of The Dead
  5. Abduction
  6. Into The Castle
  7. L’Anima Sulle Sue Mani
  8. Oblivious (There’s Something Down There)
  9. The Chase
  10. Kiss Of Death
  11. When The Clock Strikes…
  12. Dracula Cha Cha
  13. The Vampire Sleeps

“Curwin doesn’t let a laugh get in the way of good music, ensuring that when he makes you smile, the piece withstands repeated listening.” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

“Really, really unique, a completely personal take on music.” – Jessica Nicholas, ABC IRadio National

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