Kate Davis: Strange Boy (Daniel Johnston Retired Boxer Cover Album): Deep Blue Vinyl

Strange Boy (Daniel Johnston Retired Boxer Cover Album): Deep Blue Vinyl

Kate Davis

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  • Release Date 15 January 2021
Code
SOL26LP
Format
Vinyl LP
Label
Solitaire Records
This coming January, in collaboration with the Hi, How Are You Project, a non-profit organization that provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and education on mental well-being, Davis will release Strange Boy, a unique rendering that is named after the eighth song on Johnston’s original masterpiece.

As a homage to that original song — which begins with a three-minute recording of a man telling a story about meeting Johnston for the first time — Davis placed recordings of her own friends sharing memories that they have of Johnston as interludes between each of the nine songs on her new album. Most of the voices have been sped up to give the impression of someone fastforwarding through a cassette tape. It’s a neat touch that adds both color and humor to the work.

Davis also put her own spin on the music, adding fuzzy psychedelic tones and warm rock and roll textures that position the cover album alongside her highly coveted indie rock debut, Trophy. That album featured on Bandcamp’s Best Albums of 2019 list and led to Davis performing an NPR Tiny Desk concert in August.

“My main objective was to echo his original spirit,” Davis says of her process. “Overall, the project gave me a lot of wiggle room when it came to using keyboards, vocal effects and making other arrangement decisions. It encouraged me to push and stretch myself musically.”
Tracklist
TRACKLISTING
1 Make God Your Boyfriend  
2 I'll Do Anything But Breakdance For Ya, Darling  
3 Loveless Friend  
4 Bye Bye Barbie  
5 You Are Going To Die Alone  
6 Fighting With Myself  
7 The End Of Your Life  
8 Too Young To Die  
9 Is That Cheesy?  
10 This Song  
11 One Of Her Depressing Playlists  
12 Feels Good  
13 Licking Baby George  
14 Oh No  
15 He Can Really Rock  
16 Strange Boy  
17 If My Ears Were Better And I Could Understand The Words  
18 True Love Will Find You In The End  

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