Originality is always a good thing, and the Burning Hell's Mathias Korn has it in spades. There's the ukulele, his instrument of choice, and his droll lyrics about children and death, wombs and tombs, suicides and conception. Add in his low, resonant, steady voice and he's like a more verbose Stephin Merritt.
Unlike the Guelph outfit's skeletal 2008 debut, Baby features a 15-piece band; squeezeboxes, violins, mandolins and harmonicas create a whimsical Old-World feel that sometimes veers toward kitsch. Bum notes abound since the album was recorded almost entirely live, yet they contribute to a kick-up-your-heels-and-dance tone that counterbalances the gloom.
Hamilton's Wax Mannequin appears on highlight track Grave Situation, Part 3, a song set at a Wax Mannequin show.
Top track: Grave Situation, Part 3
Burning Hell celebrate their CD release at the Horseshoe tonight (Thursday, April 2) with Wax Mannequin, the FemBots and Jenny Omnichord.