Huxley Vertical

Huxley Vertical

 New York City, New York, USA

Cabaret: (n) A form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue....From the French for the taprooms or cafés where this form of entertainment was born. Nouveau: (adj) New, departing from tradition.


Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau

Founded originally by singer/multi-instrumentalist/composer Seth Bedford with a group of musically like-minded friends in Austin, TX, Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau began as a vehicle for introducing to his hometown the music of Weimar kabarett and French chanson that had influenced Bedford for so long.

With the encouragement of friends, Bedford relocated to NYC and reestablished the ensemble in its current lineup of two violins, viola, bass, piano, trumpet, accordion, mandolin, toy piano, and other instruments, as well as Bedford’s distinctive vocals. As a classically trained composer, Bedford writes the songs and scores all the arrangements. Although Bedford and the band are based out of New York, he maintains ties to his musical roots in Texas, playing in Austin as well as venues across the United States and Canada, singing in English, French, Spanish, German, and Russian.

Huxley Vertical continues to combine the chanson, kabarett, Mexican folk and pop, Jazz, country, and vaudeville that have all seeped into Bedford’s music for a sound uniquely antique and modern at the same time. The band lists the likes of Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, The Dresden Dolls, Kurt Weill, and Eurythmics among its primary influences, creating a sound that defies categorization.

In March 2008, the band released its first full-length album, Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau and frequently performs at New York City's Duplex Cabaret Theatre. The album is available on Apple iTunes,,, as well as other online and brick-and-mortar retailers.


Rolling In

Written By: Seth Bedford

I'm standing up here wondering why don't you open the door.
My fists are blue, I'm cryin' for you
but you don't come around no more.
I can see by now the water's up here to this floor,
and so I wait
for it all to roll on in.

High and dry is now how I'd
describe the mess I'm in.
Noah's friends, they all pretend
it's raining tonic and gin.
Is this the final baptism for
a town bathed in sin?
And so I wait
for is all to roll on in.

Outside the levies swell and crack;
I think our love's a bit like that--
I feel it surging inward
from the sea.
The rain with hammers falling down,
It's gonna beat the hell out of this town,
But what the hell is that supposed to mean to me?

The water's almost up here now,
There isn't too much time.
In comes the swill over the sill
the color of communion wine.
To ride the train to Heaven you have
Got to take Hell's line,
And so I wait
For it all to roll on in.


Our album is available on at
and Apple iTunes at