The Bangles leader Susanna Hoffs has announced the release of a new album which, titled “The deep end”, will include a series of covers. The disc, to be released on April 7th, is anticipated today by the publication of the re-reading of the Rolling Stones classic “Under my thumb” from 1966’s “Aftermath”.
For “The deep end”, produced by Peter Asher, Hoffs was confronted with some classics of – among others – Squeeze and Leslie Gore, as well as Mick Jagger and co, along with songs by artists of the latest generations such as Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish and Brandy Clark.
In presenting her next album, to be released in conjunction with her debut novel “The bird has flown”, as well as underlining that she loves the Stones and their “Under my thumb” (here the story), Susanna Hoffs explained how took the opportunity to re-read the passage from a new perspective. “I’ve been listening to this song over and over since it came out in the mid-’60s,” Hoffs said in a statement quoted by Consequence. Speaking of the song, which she also shared a remix curated by producer Oak Felder, the Bangles leader added:
“When I understood what the song was really about, I had a revelation, and I came up with the idea of putting my own into it: switching genres and seeing the effect it has. What if the roles were reversed and it was the boy who was at her mercy? It was exhilarating to give the song a new take, to overturn expectations. It’s a cheeky and irreverent song, so it was extremely refreshing to turn the tables.”
“The deep end” comes nearly two years after Hoffs’ previous covers project, 2021’s “Bright lights,” featuring re-readings of songs by Nick Drake, Lou Reed, Prince and more.
Here is the tracklist and the cover:
01. Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones)
02. Deep End (Holly Humberstone)
03. If You’ve Got a Problem (Joy Oladokun)
04. Afterglow (Ed Sheeran)
05. Time Moves On (Phantom Planet)
06. Say You Don’t Mind (Denny Laine)
07. Black Coffee in Bed (Squeeze)
08. West Coast (Jason Schwartzman)
Would You Be So Kind (Dodie).
10. When the Party’s Over (Billie Eilish)
11. Pawn Shop (Brandy Clark)
12. You Don’t Own Me (Leslie Gore)
13. Only You (Yazoo)