New Yorker’s lyrics worth waxing about

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THE unique — and never dull — Regina Spektor arrives at the O2 Academy this week, no doubt drawing legions of dedicated fans to this side of the Clyde.

The New York anti-folk artist has plenty of them — she’s an indie darling of the highest order, with songs appearing again and again in television and film (those unfamiliar may have heard not one but two tracks in the 2009 anti-romantic comedy hit 500 Days of 
Summer).

Born in Moscow in 1980 to a rather musical Russian Jewish family — her father an amateur violinist and her mother a music professor — Spektor eventually settled in the Bronx, growing up to make her name in New York’s trendy East Village.

It’s hard to pin down the singer-songwriter’s style.

There’s that distinctive voice — New York with a Russian twang, playing with pronunciations and grammar.

There’s the tinkling of a piano, and catchy melodies galore.

But perhaps most notable is the variety of lyrical styles — in fact, the singer herself has said that she tries to make sure each song has its own style.

And whether it’s biblical references (Samson), relationship glitches (Fidelity) or Russian folk tales, there’s plenty to take away from Regina Spektor’s music.

It’s perhaps why she’s gained such a following since 2003’s big album release, Soviet Kitsch.

See what all the fuss is about on Tuesday (Aug 20), at the O2 Academy — doors open 7pm, tickets £25 from www.gigsinscotland.com.