Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
The Twilight Singers cover Bjork
WikipediaGreg Dulli has the sort of voice that you can’t help but want to hear your favourite songs played through, if just so you can hear them seasoned with the distinctively whiskey-soaked, cigarette-stained blend of soulful seediness and fiery longing that’s his trademark. Happily, he’s never been one to shy away from doing covers from all over the musical spectrum – the Afghan Whigs’ takes on the likes of The Clash, TLC and Barry White are some of the favourite reinterpretations I have in my collection.
After putting the Whigs to bed in 2001 and starting up The Twilight Singers, his willingness to apply his take to others’ works didn’t abate – if anything, it grew. The third Twilight Singers record, 2004’s She Loves You, was a covers album and while the source material was largely drawn from the realms of soul and jazz, it still packed a couple surprises including this melty take on Bjork’s elegant “Hyperballad”.
Dulli returned to The Twilight Singers this year after five away with the release of Dynamite Steps, after releasing and touring his long-awaited Gutter Twins collaboration with fellow 21st-century bluesman Mark Lanegan. Bjork is preparing for the release of her first studio album in four years with Biophilia on October 11.