Listen Up: Kate Walsh (the UK singer)

The only good thing to come out of myspace was my discovery of remarkable singer-songwriter Kate Walsh. She hails from Brighton and has maintained her stripped-down approach to music through four albums released via her independent label. Her latest album Peppermint Radio consists of covers of major and minor songs by UK artists.

01 – Subterranean Homesick Alien [Radiohead cover]
02 – When Love Breaks Down [Prefab Sprout cover]
03 – Unbelievable [EMF cover]
04 – Lullaby [The Cure cover]
05 – Beetlebum [Blur cover]
06 – A Little Respect [Erasure cover]
07 – Move Any Mountain [The Shamen cover]
08 – Who’s That Girl [The Eurythmics cover]
09 – Save A Prayer [Duran Duran cover]
10 – Feeling Oblivion [Turin Brakes cover]
11 – Monochrome [The Sundays cover]

I particularly love “Monochrome” and “When Love Breaks Down.” Her tone is so beautiful—the songs become quite heartbreaking.

Listen to the album on Rhapsody here.

 

A fifth album is due this fall.

I was able to see Kate twice at The Living Room on the Lower East Side and she was spellbinding onstage with just her guitar.

 

With Adele blowing up and selling out Stateside, Kate deserves a wider audience.

Do check out this amazing YouTube playlist and buy her music on iTunes.

Bat for Lashes “Pearl’s Dream” Video and Her Alluring Cover Songs

Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes - her mysterious ways

She moves in mysterious ways - Bat for Lashes aka Natasha Khan

The red curtains. . .the lady in a blonde wig. . .Bat for Lashes’ video for “Pearl’s Dream” is positively David Lynchian.

After listening to her two albums – I needed more! Bat for Lashes has done the following lovely cover versions:

  • I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
  • *Kangaroo (This Mortal Coil)
  • Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)
  • Use Somebody (Kings of Leon)
  • A Forest (The Cure)

*Kangaroo is a gorgeous piano song – it tenderly recalls the whack bang of love at first glance. I am curious to hear more of this Brit dream pop group This Mortal Coil. The song was also covered by Big Star.

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