DEAN WAREHAM & CHEVAL SOMBRE
REVEAL THEIR RENDITION
OF MAGNETIC FIELD’S
TRACK OFF ALBUM
DEAN WAREHAM VS. CHEVAL SOMBRE
OUT NOW VIA
DOUBLE FEATURE RECORDS
Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna) and Cheval Sombre have shared a new single,”Grand Canyon,” off their new album, Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre – out today on Double Feature Records. The track is a cover of a Magnetic Fields’ song off their album 69 Love Songs. Of the song Cheval notes, “‘Grand Canyon’ – and much of Merritt’s work – has always evoked a feeling of the West for me. That song was added to the list after many of the others, and it was instantly clear how perfectly it would sit beside the other songs.”
The animated video was created by London-based director Sharon Lock who has previously designed album covers for both Dean Wareham and Cheval Sombre.
Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre is comprised of 10 tracks that were first released or made popular in the 60’s and 70’s. They most recently released their take on Blaze Foley’s “If I Could Only Fly” and and previous to that shared shared their take on “Wayfaring Stranger,” a traditional song that has been covered by many, including Dusty Springfield and Neil Young. Stereogum said, “Wareham and Sombre’s take on the tune moves with a slow, trembling hum. Wareham’s voice carries the wistful depression of a traveler. The song’s production feels both vintage and contemporarily dreamy.”
The genesis of Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre can be traced back to the early 2000s when Porpora began writing and recording songs in a studio apartment on the Hudson River, NY. After sending demos to Sonic Boom, recording sessions took place in 2006, supported by guest musicians Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. His debut album Cheval Sombre was eventually released on Double Feature Records, Wareham’s label. Yet it wasn’t until a decade later when the two decided to take their collaborations one step further with the result being the upcoming LP.
Dean and Chris recorded this album of western-themed songs at Palmetto Recordings in downtown Los Angeles with producer Jason Quever (Papercuts, Beach House), backed by a band including Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), Anthony LaMarca (the War on Drugs) and Will Halsey (Sugarcandy Mountain).
Tracklisting for Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre
- The Bend in the River (Robbins)
- Tomorrow is a Long Time (Dylan)
- Mountains of the Moon (Holland)
- If I Could Only Fly (Foley)
- Wayfaring Stranger (traditional)
- Alberta (traditional)
- Wand’rin’ Star (Lerner/Loewe)
- Greensboro Woman (Van Zandt)
- My Rifle, My Pony and Me (Tiomkin/Webster)
- Grand Canyon (Merritt)