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Favorite ThisBeats Antique - A Thousand Faces: Act I review

Published: October 22, 2013
By: Jacki Horne

If you’re at all familiar with Beats Antique, then you're well aware that the trio comprised of Zoe Jakes, Sidecar Tommy, and David Satori, craft an intriguing experience that entices all senses, with the incorporation of traditional gypsy music, experimental electronica, and mind-boggling performance. Their new concept album portrays the same electo-gypsy vibe for which the trio is notorious, with an even more theatrical approach than some of their previously recorded work. The dynamic A Thousand Faces – Act 1 recreates the experience of a circus performance from the comfort of your own speakers.
The concept album surprisingly, yet brilliantly, opens out with a bit more glitch and less gypsy sound than I expected with “Overture”; demonstrating just how versatile the trio can be. “Kismat “(feat Alam Khan) quickly brings back the deeply sensual gypsy vibe the trio has evoked with trantric tempo, gorgeous gongs, and flawless violin.  
“Door of Destiny” is my favorite track on the album as it radiates a delightfully hallucinogenic circus vibe. The track is a psychedelic masterpiece; a wonderful clash of trippy sounds - from game show clips, bassy glitch and circus music. “Door of Destiny” actually reminds me of one of my favorite trippy classics “For the Benefit of Mr. Kite” by The Beatles, with Beats Antique’s addition of a new age, even more experimental feel. Much like the Beatles track, “Door of Destiny” is a kaleidoscopic experience in a song.
“A Thousand Faces” continues on through striking tracks like “Charon’s Crossing” with deep chimes that pull at the heart strings and tempos that are played with in an experimental, yet polished manner. “Pandora’s Box” shines with basstastic whomp splendor that is brilliantly juxtaposed with gorgeous chimes that resemble a wind-up ballerina box. “Veil of Tears” executes a flawless ending to the concept album with exotic chants, claps and sweet melody.
If you haven’t gotten the opportunity to experience A Thousand Faces: Act 1, then it's definitely time to entice your ears and imagination. The album should have you absolutely dying for the A Thousand Faces Tour to come to your town, so that you can witness the entire experience.

A Thousand Faces Tour Dates:

DATE                          CITY                         VENUE

Tue 10/15 Charlotte, NC The Chop Shop
Wed 10/16 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
Thu 10/17 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Fri 10/18 Biloxi, MS Biloxi Civic Center
Sat 10/19 Ozark, AR Harvest Music Festival
Tue 10/22 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Wed 10/23 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Thu 10/24 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Fri 10/25 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Sat 10/26 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Sun 10/27 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Thu 10/31 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Fri 11/1 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
Sat 11/2 Madison, WI Majestic Live
Sun 11/3 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Experience
Wed 11/6 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
Thu 11/7 Austin, TX Emo’s East
Fri 11/8 Dallas, TX Trees
Sat 11/9 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
Wed 11/13 Santa Ana, CA Yost Theater
Thu 11/14 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Fri 11/15 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theater
Sat 11/16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Sun 11/17 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

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