1.16.13 — “To Here Knows When” as covered by Rachel Zeffira

Rachel Zeffira

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “To Here Knows When” as covered by Rachel Zeffira (2012/13, from the album The Deserters).

Rachel Zeffira is a UK-based, Canadian-born classically trained opera singer who has been making indie records with a band called Cat’s Eyes. Now she’s on her own with a solo record that’s been described as “unclassifiable”.

We’re over here waiting ever so patiently for the “new” record from My Bloody Valentine to come out. Since 1997, there have been rumours that the new record was imminent. There were stories of a finished product being lost. Stories of finished products being accidentally deleted from hard drives. Stories of finished products being thrown away on purpose. All kinds of stories that could never have been substantiated. Now, we’ve been told that the new record is done and it was supposed to be released “by the end of 2012”. With an Asian tour about to kick off, the record still hasn’t been released, and again there’s all sorts of speculation about it. I’m done holding my breath.

The “new” MBV album is, of course, the follow-up to the 1991 album Loveless, which is one of the most game-changing and most influential albums of the 20th century. “To Here Knows When” is one of the songs from that benchmark album. Tonight’s song is a very different cover of it.

Tonight’s song came to me from the mailbag. The good folks at Paper Bag Records just added Rachel Zeffira to the lineup, and they were quick to get the word out about her cover of the My Bloody Valentine song. It’s a b-side to her “Here on in” single, and it’s also on her debut album The Deserters. That album was released in the UK on December 10, 2012, and it will have a North American release date of March 12.

Here’s tonight’s song:

Her version is much dreamier. Much less gloomy. I can’t say that I like it any more or any less than the MBV original, but it sure is different. What I really love about it, though, is the piano. What’s obviously missing is all the bent sounds and pitch modulation. I never thought that I’d be able to say that dimension could be added to a MBV song, but she added a lot of depth and a couple of other dimensions to the song with that piano. In that way, it reminds me of what Tori Amos did with “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Her piano made that a completely different song, and she was playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on piano long before many of those girls in Scala were even born. I digress.

If you live in the UK or Europe, the album is already available to you. If you live in North America and you’ve gotta have it now, you can order it from amazon.co.uk here. Otherwise, North Americans can pre-order it from Paper Bag Records here. Tonight’s song can be streamed from the soundcloud page.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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