Dark Cabaret: Music like You've Never Heard before ...


When I was looking for some new music to listen to, I was delighted to stumble across a genre I'd never heard of before - dark cabaret.

It's inspired by the decadence of the cabaret scene and covers topics that you'd never hear about in chart music.

So if you're bored with the same old song lyrics and want to hear something different, here's some dark cabaret for you to discover …

1. Charmed, I'm Sure - Circus Contraption

Dark cabaret is often associated with vaudeville-style performances and alternative circuses.

The now defunct Circus Contraption was a troupe that performed shows with their own live music.

This song has a delightfully creepy feel to it that fans of the horror genre are sure to love.2

2. A Bar in Amsterdam - Katzenjammer

If you're after something more lively, try a song by Katzenjammer.

This all-female group perform with a variety of instruments.2

Catch them live if you get the chance, as their performances are lively, enthusiastic and a lot of fun.

But don't just dance around the room when you listen to them at home - pay attention to the lyrics as well.

3. Girls Girls Girls - Emilie Autumn

If you're tired of the seemingly identical songs & videos by female performers, you'll be delighted to hear that there are many excellent female singer-songwriters working in the dark cabaret genre.2

Emilie Autumn performs with a trio of female backing dancers, so if you love burlesque performances you'll enjoy her shows.

In the meantime, listen to one of her many ace songs.

4. Blood on My Boots - Eliza Carthy

When a song begins 'I was drinking champagne with Jerry Springer', you know it's not going to be the kind of thing you'll hear on MTV.

Best known as a folk singer, Eliza Carthy has also produced darker music like this.

Listen to Blood On My Boots, and you'll be transported to a smoky dark cabaret hall, full of decadence and danger.

Worse Things - Johnny Hollow
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