LA WEEKLY was nice enough to give our upcoming Feb 25 show at Los Globos in Los Angeles, a shout out this week, and say a few nice words about our yet-to-be-released PLANS IN PROGRESS addendum / collection of fan-requested covers called SOUVENIRS.
Sarah Ellquist de Blanke’s dreamy vocals and her musical partner Daniel de Blanke’s shimmering synths give these new-wave and post-punk chansons a modern sheen, but the strangest track of all is their cover of Kenny Rogers‘ “Just Dropped in (to See What Condition My Condition Was in).” Rather than camping it up, Robotanists transform this corny country-music standard into a stirring, unexpectedly enchanting soundscape, as Sarah’s languidly ethereal singing trails off in the haze of Daniel’s blended acoustic guitars and distant-thunder percussion. Sometimes the most beautiful things happen in the strangest of places. — By Falling James
MORE ABOUT THE ALBUM…
We’ve been quietly working on the collection for a year or so in our spare time while sorting through requests to pick the final lucky 7, and working on a new album of original work. (…coming out later this year!!!!)
Admittedly, the Kenny Rogers tune was a favorite pick of ours as well – chosen (we hope) for its “Big Lebowski” relation.
Another fave is, 1984’s “The Karate Kid” kick ass motivational song, “You’re the Best Around.” The track was the first one we completed and actually ended up being the inaugural track for SYFFAL.com’s ‘pop cultures collide’ feature.
We got so many requests we would start them up then scrap them, and pick a few more, until they all felt like the right ones. In the end, we went for the weirder, the unknown, the over-covered and the unexpected, with only our fans in mind.
With plenty of noted covers under our belt, we were never really sure how, when or if we would release these, so we’ve just been casually floating the tracks around as we did them. They’ve never been mastered or available to download until now, so we’re excited to finally reveal them as a collection.
PS. We’re putting the finishing touches on it now, and hope to give away a few free download cards at our show in LA on Feb. 25!!! Hope to see you there!
(Photos & Cinematography by Olivia Hemaratanatorn // dontmeanmaybe.com)
Check out more picks on Flickr
As you might remember, last year we released our 3rd album, PLANS IN PROGRESS, and we asked our fans to help us get it made! In exchange for their generosity, we asked them to submit cover requests. We’ve been pretty busy since that last album, but have finally sorted through the requests and picked out our favorites and will be assembling them under the name SOUVENIRS!
Here are some of the tracks we’ve already recorded…
You’re the Best Around (Joe Esposito)
Only the Lonely (The Motels)
One Summer Night (The Danleers)
Hello Its Me (Todd Rundgren)
Bizarre Love Triangle (New Order)
So let us know what you want to hear!