LOVE this: Sia, Charli XCX, Tinashe lend their voices to an all-female covers album
Jack Antonoff is a cool dude. His musical work with fun. and Bleachers is reliably anthemic (if you haven’t scream-sang to “I Wanna Get Better,” you’re missing out), and his longtime relationship with Lena Dunham gives us fuzzy feelings. However, his latest project is both a gift to music fans and a totally rad way of approaching the whole cross-gender covers phenomenon.
Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 is a cover album (for Bleachers’ debut Strange Desire), and it features singers like Sia, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Natalie Maines, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Sara Bareilles taking on Antonoff’s ’80s-tinged tunes. His first Terrible Thrills was also a series of covers, for his other musical project Steel Train’s self-titled album, and it features singers like Tegan and Sara, Alia Shawkat, and Scarlett Johansson. If you notice that the artists covering Antonoff’ songs have something in similar, namely their gender, you’d be onto something.
In a lengthy post on Facebook, Antonoff got into why it is that both of his Terrible Thrills cover album have featured only female voices. In short, he’s always writing his music with female voices in mind; in full, you can read his entire thought process below: