Listen to new music from Dave Gahan, Cat Power, Durry, Band of Horses, serpentwithfeet, and James Blake feat. SZA


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This week, check out new cover tracks from Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan and from Cat Power, and discover the latest by Band of Horses and by serpentwithfeet, plus a cool collaboration between James Blake and SZA. And listen to new Minnesota duo Durry's song that's lighting up TikTok.

Dave Gahan and Soulsavers, "Metal Heart"

The Depeche Mode frontman has a new covers album coming out November 12 that he recorded with Soulsavers. On the album, he covers PJ Harvey, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and a bunch of others. This is his cover of Cat Power (who also is releasing a covers album — see below) "Metal Heart," from her 1998 album Moon Pix.

Cat Power, "Bad Religion"

The other covers album that I mentioned earlier — Cat Power is a fan of making covers albums, this isn't her first — but it is going to simply be called Covers and it's coming out January 14. The album will feature covers of Iggy Pop, the Replacements, Nick Cave, Billie Holiday (hey, someone get Cat Power a job at The Current — I hear we have an evening shift up for grabs). This is her cover of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange tune "Bad Religion."

Durry, "Who's Laughing Now"

A Minnesota duo created during the pandemic sees siblings Austin and Taryn performing under their family name "Durry." Their songs lean on nostalgia, and "Who's Laughing Now" is gaining some viral fame on TikTok.

Band of Horses, "Crutch"

A new album from Band of Horses will give you something to look forward to in 2022 as the band will be releasing Things Are Great on January 21. As frontman Ben Bridwell said, "I think like a lot of my songs, 'Crutch' starts with something from my real life. Obviously 'Crutch' means some of the things that I was dependent on. My relationship, for one. I think I wanted to say, 'I've got a crush on you,' and I thought it was funny how relationships also feel like crutches. I feel like everybody has had a time when nothing goes right and you still have to carry on. I think that feeling hits you in this song even if you don't know what the specifics are."

serpentwithfeet, "Down Nuh River"

serpentwithfeet already released one of the best albums of the year, and now has more songs from that musical universe. The EP, called Deacon's Grove, will be out next week. The first single, "Down Nuh River," was inspired by childhood songs and that creative energy found on the playground.

James Blake, "Coming Back" feat. SZA

James Blake has a new album about breakups, but this go-round, those breakups are with your friends and are tragic in their own way; unsurprisingly, the album is called Friends That Break Your Heart. This song happened fairly organically with SZA just happening to be swinging into the studio to visit a friend and stuck around to lay some vocals down. Blake hated the original backing beat that they were recording to and said, "I just had to make it more banger-y. I tried doing the ambient thing, I tried making it really beautiful, and it didn't work."