Regina Spektor has had an interesting career, delicately see-sawing between mainstream and underground prominence over the last decade. (She popped up on VH1’s uber-mainstream The Greatest Women in Music list, strangely enough, despite just having one gold record to date.) But her whimsical-yet-unsettling brand of music is still sharply on point, as the video for “All The Rowboats” helpfully shows, and enough to make her an artist still worth listening to. “Rowboats” is the first single off her newest album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats—her first since 2009’s Far—and its video is alternately inviting and dissonant, mixing long exposure photography, kaleidoscopic effects and a fair share of wind machines to render Spektor in a very flattering light. (Not to make a big deal of it, but hell, she looks really good.)
It sounds a little darker than her previous material—a point of some contention between her fans on the video’s YouTube comments—but isn’t that what artistic maturation is for? One must grow to further dispel any and all unnecessary Kate Bush/Tori Amos comparisons. To promote the album Spektor will hit the road this spring, opening a few dates for Tom Petty before venturing out on her lonesome. Quietly make plans to see her as you see fit.