This weekend Mlle.Guillotine sent me an album called Enchant. I was intrigued by the voice, violin and harpsichord playing, especially the What If? track, by Autumn. Her jarring violin and bold voice demand attention, let alone her apperance.
Autumn describes her music as “Victoriandustrial” and it is not difficult to understand why. Her songs are filled with tales of insane asylums, suicides, and stifled women.
…When I’m beheaded at least I was wedded
And when I am buried at least I was married
I’ll hide my behavior with wine as my savior
But, oh, what beautiful things I’ll wear
What beautiful dresses and hair…
She delivers these themes in a flurry of vitriol, backed up by her electric violin and hammering harpsichord.
From what I have seen online, her gigs are pure Vaudeville. This extends to her albums. The designs are lavish. I have read that despite her considerable gifts, she was often singled out and bullied for the way she dressed and for daring to experiment with music and seek her own style. Her success is probably the best revenge she could dish out.
Love what you will…