Whyte Horses / Collaborate with La Roux on New Single 'Mister Natural'
Building up to the release of their latest album - ‘Hard Times’ is out January 17th 2020 (CRC Records) - Whyte Horses have today released a new single featuring guest vocals from La Roux. The track is a cover of ‘Mister Natural’, originally by the Bee Gees from their album of the same name released in 1974 (styled as Mr. Natural).
Speaking about the collaboration and choice of track, Whyte Horses frontman Dom Thomas shares: “I vividly remember watching a Bee Gees documentary late one night. By the time it got to the mid seventies era the band were talking about how everything was going wrong and they were close to quitting. It cut to some footage of a gig in Melbourne which was meant to be a low point but my ears pricked up when I heard the first few bars of Mister Natural. It was one of the best Bee Gees numbers I'd heard, right up there with Massachusetts and the golden sixties era ballads, in my mind this was an instant classic.
“I sent it to Elly and we decided to do a version at our Royal Festival Hall gig. It's one of those songs we both just connected with and we thought we should record it, this was before the idea of doing an album of covers, maybe it sparked the idea.
“It's got a certain charm that's hard to quantify like all the best Bee Gees songs, it's melancholic and a little bit melodramatic"
Whilst Elly Jackson (of La Roux) adds: “Me and Dom share a love of this song, so it was a lovely opportunity to work with him on the track”
Stream / Share ‘Mister Natural’ HERE.
Whyte Horses are an elusive, psychedelic dream-pop collective from Manchester and ‘Hard Times’ is a “fantasy mixtape”, shape-shifting and re-imagining songs from an eclectic mix of musical backgrounds. Alongside La Roux, an esteemed list of vocal collaborators guest throughout the record from Badly Drawn Boy to Chrysta Bell (Twin Peaks), Gruff Rhys to Melanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague) and more. The album’s grandiose title track features guest vocals from John Grant and was released alongside the album’s announcement earlier this year (find it here).
Exploring the work of others and re-imagining them for ‘Hard Times’ was a natural step for Whyte Horses given Dom’s background as a DJ, cratedigger, and founder of Manchester-based Finders Keepers – the respected underground vinyl reissue label - but it’s also led to the group’s most ambitious collaborative project to date. Having made a return to the live stage with a typically raucous performance aboard Belle & Sebastian’s Boaty Weekender Cruise this summer, Whyte Horses will mark the release of the ‘Hard Times’ album with a rare hometown show at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Saturday 18th January 2020 and have announced a new one-off London show at EartH, Hackney on Wednesday 4th Nov 2020. Tickets for both shows are on sale now via the official Whyte Horses website.