AN ALL FEMALE REIMAGINING OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM
Bleachers have released TERRIBLE THRILLS VOL.2, an all female reimagining of their debut album, STRANGE DESIRE, available now through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
STRANGE DESIRE garnered rave reviews on its release last year, including USA Today’s description as “full of hooks and full of heart” and Stereogum declaring it “triumphant“. The first two singles ‘I Wanna Get Better’ and ‘Rollercoaster’ both peaked within the top 3 of the US alternate radio chart, and were followed by 3rd single ‘Like A River Runs’, released earlier this year.
Grammy Award-winning musician Jack Antonoff’s music career started to take shape in 2002 as the lead singer of the New Jersey born indie rock band Steel Train; he later gained notoriety as the lead guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning band fun.
In addition to being a multi-talented musician, Antonoff is a critically acclaimed songwriter and producer. This past year, Antonoff collaborated with Taylor Swift, co-writing and producing her chart topping hit ‘Out of the Woods’ along with two other tracks from her No. 1 album 1989. He also received a 2014 Golden Globe nomination for his collaboration with Swift on her hit song ‘Sweeter Than Fiction’. Jack has worked with Sara Bareilles (co-writing her Grammy nominated hit ‘Brave’), Canadian Indie icons Tegan and Sara and many more.
Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff says:
“I love female voices. I wish I had one. When I write songs I typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so I can hit the notes. That’s why so many Bleachers’ songs are sung so low. I could change the key but I like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song. I’ve always written this way. So with that in mind I wanted to release a version of my record that spoke to how it was written and the ways I originally heard it in my head before I recorded and sang it.
I think it’s important for people to know where the songs come from and why the songs come out sounding the way they do. I hear my music as my interpretation of a song I’m writing as a female in my head, so I wanted to make that a reality with the artists who inspire me to write in the first place.
I first had this specific idea six years ago when I was making the third Steel Train album. That’s why this is Volume 2 — because Volume 1 happened for the self titled Steel Train album. The TERRIBLE THRILLS concept is something I see being a thread through different bands and projects; I do. It’s non specific to any band or record – it just speaks to the way I hear music. I think every record I make should have a female companion record to go with it.
The process making this was all over the place. Some artists fully recorded and recreated the versions, some I worked with them on. The collection is completely bizarre thing for me to listen to because it feels as personal as to how I write. It feels like the part of my process that I’m suppose to keep to myself or something and hearing it in headphones is utterly strange and wonderful.
This project took a year and tons of recording sessions and through that we all felt very proud that something as intense as a full album could be given to the people who bought the original work as a further look into it. I’ve loved how the STRANGE DESIRE record cycle has grown and changed constantly over the past year and a half. As I write this from the studio where I’m making the second bleachers album, I see TERRIBLE THRILLS as the final chapter for STRANGE DESIRE.”
1. Wild Heart (Sara Bareilles)
2. Rollercoaster (Charli XCX)
3. Shadow (Carly Rae Jepsen)
4. I Wanna Get Better (Tinashe)
5. Wake Me (Lucius)
6. Reckless Love (Elle King)
7. Take Me Away (Brooke Candy and Rachel Antonoff)
8. Like A River Runs (Sia)
9. You’re Still a Mystery (MØ)
10. I’m Ready To Move On/Wild Heart Reprise (Susanna Hoffs)
11. Who I Want You To Love (Natalie Maines)
Available exclusively through Google Play until Friday 29th September: http://smarturl.it/bleachersTTVol2