Damn, I wish I was your cover

22 04 2009

Here’s my first of many ‘covers that are better than the original’ posts. And by ‘better’, I really just mean that I like it better, because objective reasoning is beyond my pay grade here.

First up is the Bat for Lashes/Fionn Regan/Maps rendition of “Higher Than the Sun” by Primal Scream, performed live for the BBC program “In the Company Of” back in August 2007. True, we’re dealing with a classic here, Screamadelica being a groundbreaking album (that I love), but props to Natasha Khan’s vocals (with slivers of Regan’s voice echoing in the backround) for taking a trippy acid house track and making it so emotive and moving…my heart melts a little every time I hear it. This makes my top 25 all-time. 

Bat for Lashes w/Fionn Regan and Maps – Higher than the Sun (Primal Scream cover)
Primal Scream – Higher than the Sun

Bonus track – “Loaded” remixed by Terry Farley (one of the producers of Screamadelica). Man, I love this version..makes me want to go pub hopping in Scotland.
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley remix)


New Bat for Lashes

15 03 2009

Following her 2006 debut Fur and Gold, Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes will be releasing her second album Two Suns, due out April 6. The album includes collaborations with Yeasayer as well as a duet with Scott Walker. Check out the breathtaking first single “Daniel”..It has everything I liked about F&G – great vocals, fantastical lyrics, multi-layered haunting music (yeah harpsichord!) – and then some. 2009 is lookin’ up!
Bat for Lashes – Daniel // download [mediafire]

Bat for Lashes - Two Suns (2009)

And from Fur and Gold
Bat for Lashes – Prescilla // download [mediafire]