Wendy Rae Fowler (QOTSA, UNKLE, etc) releasing solo debut (hear a track)
Even if you don't know Wendy Rae Fowler by name, there's a good chance you've heard her voice. She sang on Queens of the Stone Age's "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" and "Quick and to the Pointless," several songs by (her ex-husband) Mark Lanegan, a few songs on Eagles of Death Metal's Death by Sexy, and she has a collaborative project with UNKLE's Richard File called We Fell to Earth. She's now set to release her first solo album, Warped, on March 30 via Round Trip Records (pre-order).
Wendy produced the album herself, and it features contributions from Richard File, as well as Leo Taylor (of The Invisible and Floating Points' live band). The album includes a cover of Nina Simone's "Plain Gold Ring," and nine original tracks that find the middle ground between dark blues, experimental rock, and trip-hop (a blend of sounds that makes a lot of sense, given the people she likes to collaborate with). Of her music, Mark Lanegan said, "Songs through a black and white lens... like a contemporary soundtrack to a Bela Tarr cityscape where southern goth, Ennio Morricone and Siouxsie Sioux melt together, the shadow atmospherics of Wendy Rae Fowler and cohorts is brooding and visceral, dark and dreamlike. Highly recommended for insomniacs et al."
You can definitely hear those Ennio Morricone meets Siouxsie Sioux vibes on new single "Run" (and maybe a little Nick Cave too), which is pounding, assertive goth rock with just a hint of Western film scores. We've got the premiere of that one and you can hear it below.