With the recent turnaround in vinyl sales, the album has started to regain some lost ground as an art-form. We have all been so spoilt for choice with the numerous streaming services and instant downloads, that the ritual of listening to say The Beatles’ White Album from start to finish in order has become as a rarity. A Beatles playlist on Spotify cherry-picking the more famous songs has unfortunately made track order debates that can split a band apart now irrelevant. The upturn in vinyl LP sales and listening habits means more and more music fans were making a point of playing an album in its entirety, rather than clicking shuffle or skipping to the hits.
To celebrate the rise of the classic album format, and in part inspired by Ryan Adams‘ cover of the fantastic 1989 by Taylor Swift, HTF asks some of our favourite artists which records they would take on. So many artists are always asked which tracks to cover on numerous radio shows. But what if they have been invited to cover an entire album? Would they make a faithful interpretation or entirely have a re-haul and create their masterpiece from the foundations of another. Would Metallica take on The Wurzels’ classic Vintage Cider? How about Blur covering Shed Seven’s Maximum High? Both didn’t reply to our emails so sadly we shall never find out. Luckily these acts did!
Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird just released her fifth album Home and each album just keeps getting better! Bird has been compared to such prestigious artists as Laura Marling and Fiona Apple but can adapt her style from traditional folk to rocking power-ballads.
Wallis Bird chose The Prodigy – The Fat Of The Land.
“Using only ‘acoustic’ style, but not lame, just wild but with nonsynth or sequenced instruments. Beating tables, choruses of wild harmonies, field sounds, that kind of thing. I’d have to do it with no beat editing, so that means I’d have to be tight as fuck, which would be great work!
It’s a cracker of a timeless absolutely filthy masterpiece. Something so raw and intricate and dark and powerful and doused in the same amount of broad classical musical genius as it is totally unheard of new. For me it’s an important record, it’s an instant floor filler. My sister played it at her wedding, and even my Dad (who says electronic music is just fuckers pressing’ buttons) was up breaking ribs to it!”
For more info check out her excellent website here and watch the video to ‘Control’ below.