Today, I have a little sneak peak at the latest Australian vixen to hop the Pacific, Lenka. She's been hard at work recording her debut solo album (she previously was a member of the Australian group Decoder Ring), and I've a few songs that have been let loose to build up some hype for the release in September.
The first is a cover of the Modest Mouse song Gravity Rides Everything. As MM songs go, it's a fairly even keeled track, and Lenka stays pretty close to the original form, although she mellows it out a little bit, dropping all instrumentation except a guitar and some strings that glide in and out unobtrusively.
The second track is a Lenka original titled Like A Song. It's got a hauntingly beautiful faux-vintage phonograph sound mixed with a cathedralesque echo to it that makes her voice feel like it's coming from miles away.
Check out the tracks and keep your eyes and ears open for more from her as I'm sure you'll be seeing loads more in the near future.
Lenka - Gravity Rides Everything (Modest Mouse cover) : The Woodstock Sessions
Lenka - Like A Song : The Woodstock Sessions
Modest Mouse - Gravity Rides Everything : The Moon & Antarctica