With the announcement of Whitney’s new covers album Candid, we’ve all been loving the newly reworked classics from the Chicago outfit. The band have now covered David Byrne and Brian Eno’s song ‘Strange Overtones’ and it’s our Track of the Day.
Fans have already been treated to the band’s version of John Denver, SWV and The Roches but now the group have taken on the legendary songwriting duo of Talking Head’s David Byrne and Roxy Music’s Brian Eno.
The gospel song ‘Strange Overtones’ is perfectly lifted by Whitney. Featuring on Byrne and Eno’s second album working with one another, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, it’s given a splash of hazy modernity but vocally it comes close to exceeding the original.
Guitarist Max Kakacek said of the track and it’s now-iconic piano solo: “The most fun part of recording this was figuring out the solo. Malcolm [Brown] slayed it on the piano and having him tackle it made so much sense even though this is the first time we’ve ever had a keys solo on a recorded track.
“I remember after his take, which killed, he said, ‘I went into it thinking Bruce Hornsby but I came out of it thinking Bruce Springsteen’.”
Candid arrives on August 14th and judging by this latest effort, it will be a must-have record for your collection. You can listen to the brilliant cover of ‘Strange Overtones’ below.