Oompa!

 

SABRINA CHAP’S got the ballad lyrics of Tom Waits, the onstage antics of Phyllis Diller and the voice of a whiskey angel.

After performing what has been called ‘The Dirtiest Song Ever’ in a performance the New Yorker called, “Rousing!”, she’s proved that she’s also got moxie. Released for the first time in her debut studio album, ‘Oompa!’, her songs are a ragtime stompin’ good time, full of laughs, heartbreaks, and just plain good songwriting.

The album title, ‘Oompa!’ stems from the typical left-hand stride that is found in ragtime, where the left hand is incessantly playing, “oom-pa, oom-pa”. A majority of the songs on the album originally contained this rhythm, and soon the album became an exploration on how to riff off this basic musical theme.

In one track, a Dixieland band is added, in another a trio of strings. Melody Berger brings her bluegrass fiddle to the track, ‘Carolina’, while drummer Ethan Shorter (The Mumbles) brings his steady funk drumming to tracks like ‘Nobody Home to Sing the Blues’ . All in all, ‘Oompa!’ is a musical feast of Americana’s favorite styles that’ll keep your toes a-tappin’ and your fingers snappin’.