TOY have announced a new covers album, featuring new versions of The Stooges, Soft Cell and more.
‘Songs of Consumption’ is due on 15th November via Tough Love Records, preceded by a video for their cover of ‘Soft City’. The eight-track release follows on from their fourth album ‘Happy In The Hollow’, released earlier this year.
The band comment: “Songs of Consumption sonically is a continuation and development of the themes conceived on Happy In The Hollow and it will show people where we are going towards musically. The DIY approach was explored further utilising more of the electronic elements that we touched upon before. Drum machines, stripped down arrangements and rudimentary production give a primitive sound that we thought suited the choice of songs. Some of the songs have very big sounding production, so we wanted to experiment with them by going in a different direction.
“Music is consumed voraciously now whereas these songs came from a time when the song was of the most important thing and that’s what was appreciated. Stripping them back to the essence of what they are was also something we wanted to explore. Also, we wanted to make a covers record with songs by people that influenced us in the past few years and it’s as much about the way they dealt with their ideas, and how they put themselves in uncomfortable situations in order to make something that in the end is simple. It’s a homage to the spirit of these people, that helped us to untangle ourselves from our inherent complicated nature and create a new space where we can exist.”
Self-produced and recorded at home studios, the full tracklisting reads:
1. Down On The Street (The Stooges)
2. Follow Me (Amanda Lear)
3. Sixty Forty (Nico)
4. Cousin Jane (The Troggs)
5. Fun City (Soft Cell)
6. Lemon Incest (Charlotte Gainsbourg & Serge Gainsbourg)
7. Always On My Mind (B.J. Thomas)
8. A Dolls House (John Barry)