LA WEEKLY recently recommended ROBOTANISTS’ upcoming Feb 25 show at Los Globos in Los Angeles, and said few nice words about their 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 FROM THE BAND…
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.