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Nora Keyes first solo album, ‘Songs to Cry by for the Golden Age of Nothing’ sounds more like an old 78 pried from the arms of a long deceased witch, found in a buried tea chest, in a forgotten woodland that the locals still dare not venture into, than the efforts of a nice Los Angeles born girl, joined here by her talented friends Rebecca Lynn (violin). Ray Day (guitar), Creekbird (brass / drums) and Dame Darcy (auto harp / saw).

Famed for eccentric on stage theatrics Ms Keyes is known to transform herself from innocent child to ancient hag all the while accompanying herself on organ. Her singing style is so relentlessly sad it becomes euphoric as it shifts from beautiful soprano to chilling cackles, even wild yodeling during her cover of Jimmy Rogers ‘Old Pal’ .

Her previous band ‘the Centimeters’ have produced a string of albums since 1996, most notably ‘Facts of destiny’ produced by Don Bolles (The Germs) and ‘Help Is on the Way’ produced by David J (Bauhaus / love and rockets), who liked them so much he had them open at the last Love and Rockets show in Los Angeles and has more recently exploited her singing talents for his theme to the upcoming film Black Dahlia. She is currently writing music for a new album with Don Bolles.

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