Considering they have done a remix for Lana Del Rey before, White Lies‘ cover of the demure songstress’ single “Ride” seems like an obvious move. It first started out a bit Celtic, and just as I almost expected some bagpipe action, the cover took a turn into funkier territory with a more electronic arrangement. Why do I have a feeling they might have recorded this with tongue firmly in cheek?
DOWNLOAD: White Lies – Ride (Lana Del Rey Cover)
In other news, the band just kickstarted their US tour promoting their new album “Big TV” last night in New York. I happened to be at the show, so hopefully more on that later… In the meantime, check out their remaining US tour dates below.
October 3 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
October 4 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 5 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
October 7 Chicago, IL @ Cabaret Metro
October 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
October 10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
White Lies are back with a brand new beat! Nah jk they’re still the same old demure chaps. In fact, the frontman’s sporting a new beard so they’re probably even more serious about their craft this time around etc.
Jokes aside, as far as stadium rock bands go, they’ve had a pretty strong listenable single run, and now that Muse are inching further towards self-parody territory, we need new bleak-but-catchy British indie rock to fill up our quota. “Getting Even”, the first track from their upcoming third album “Big TV”, introduces the addition of synths, which make it sound not a mile away from The Killers’ output. I find the “I can forgive/ And we can forget” bits irritatingly catchy too. Best of all, it’s a guilt-free download!
The proper lead single is called “There Goes Our Love Again”, and it’s not half bad either.
STREAM: White Lies – There Goes Our Love Again
Say what you will about Lana Del Rey and the controversy surrounding her, but the immense amount of genuine talent here is hard to ignore. The official remixes of “Video Games” are doing the rounds on the interwebs and I have to say, it’s quite interesting to hear her sultry, enigmatic voice in a more dance-oriented context. British-Iranian DJ Omid 16B gives the swooning, harp-laden original a dubstep treatment with squelchy bass, while White Lies‘ rework opts for a space-rave sound. Stream both below.
Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Omid 16B Remix)
Lana Del Rey – Video Games (White Lies Remix)
The future of Hooverphonic seemed uncertain when their lead singer, Geike Arnaert, left the band in 2008. I thought the Belgian band would have just thrown in the towel, but they moved along with a new, younger vocalist, Noémie Wolfs, and released their seventh album, “The Night Before”, late last year. I heard the title track/lead single, thought it was quite nice, but it didn’t fully compel me. Noémie is a good singer, and it’s unfair to compare her with Geike. However, their new single, “Anger Never Dies”, is probably their best song in a while. It’s the James Bond theme that never was, with Morrissey-lite lyrics and a gorgeous string breakdown. Surprisingly, the album is actually a rich, cohesive listen of dramatic, sumptuously-arranged orchestral pop. It is a great mood album for an evening if you’re into that sound. While not exactly new territory for them, it certainly is much better than their last one with Geike. Thanks to the new blood, it looks like they still have life in them yet. Listen to the track, watch the video, and hear their cover of White Lies’ “Bigger Than Us”, done for a radio show. They turned White Lies’ illusions of grandeur into a lovely ballad.
Hooverphonic – Anger Never Dies
See Noémie in motion, and stream the entire album after the jump.