Taking Steps, Regina Spektor.

Taking Steps, Regina Spektor.

With its honking keys ostensibly reminiscent of The Black Parade, its skidding guitars of Suck It And See and its wildly impatient lyricisms of “animals trapped, trapped, trapped ’til the cage is full” redolent of a certain Karen O, for once a Regina Spektor song isn’t immediately identifiable thus. But as even she soothes midway through You’ve Got Time, “Taking steps is easy/ Standing still is hard” and from a creative perspective, it sounds as though the Bolshie anti-folkstress’ feet have grown itchy. Penned in aid of Netflix’ original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black, it’s all a little removed from Spektor’s readily perceptible comfort zone – as is the burst of tremolo guitar to interfere two thirds of the way through – although if “everything is different the second time around” then it’s one which only grows into itself with repeated exposure much unlike Jenji Kohan’s aforesaid series is believed to be.

Regina Spektor plays this month’s Secret Garden Party.

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