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Bleachers have released ‘Terrible Thrills Volume 2’, an all female reimagining of their debut album, Strange Desire.

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TRACKLIST:

1. Wild Heart (Sara Bareilles)

2. Rollercoaster (Charli XCX)

3. Shadow (Carly Rae Jepsen)

4. I Wanna Get Better (Tinashe)

5. Wake Me (Lucius)

6. Reckless Love (Elle King)

7. Take Me Away (Brooke Candy and Rachel Antonoff)

8. Like A River Runs (Sia)

9. You’re Still a Mystery (MØ)

10. I’m Ready To Move On/Wild Heart Reprise (Susanna Hoffs)

11. Who I Want You To Love (Natalie Maines)

Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff says:

I love female voices. I wish I had one. When I write songs I typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so I can hit the notes. That’s why so many Bleachers’ songs are sung so low. I could change the key but I like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song. I’ve always written this way. So with that in mind I wanted to release a version of my record that spoke to how it was written and the ways I originally heard it in my head before I recorded and sang it.

I think it’s important for people to know where the songs come from and why the songs come out sounding the way they do. I hear my music as my interpretation of a song I’m writing as a female in my head, so I wanted to make that a reality with the artists who inspire me to write in the first place.

I first had this specific idea six years ago when I was making the third Steel Train album. That’s why this is Volume 2 — because Volume 1 happened for the self titled Steel Train album. The TERRIBLE THRILLS concept is something I see being a thread through different bands and projects; I do. It’s non specific to any band or record – it just speaks to the way I hear music. I think every record I make should have a female companion record to go with it.

The process making this was all over the place. Some artists fully recorded and recreated the versions, some I worked with them on. The collection is completely bizarre thing for me to listen to because it feels as personal as to how I write. It feels like the part of my process that I’m suppose to keep to myself or something and hearing it in headphones is utterly strange and wonderful.

This project took a year and tons of recording sessions and through that we all felt very proud that something as intense as a full album could be given to the people who bought the original work as a further look into it. I’ve loved how the STRANGE DESIRE record cycle has grown and changed constantly over the past year and a half. As I write this from the studio where I’m making the second bleachers album, I see TERRIBLE THRILLS as the final chapter for STRANGE DESIRE.

Available exclusively through Google Play until Friday 29th September: Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2

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