Natalie Imbruglia is the Australian singer best known for the 1997 hit single “Torn,” a cover of a 1995 song by the L.A. band Ednaswap. Her last album, Come To Life, was released back in 2009, and today Imbruglia is announcing the follow-up. Male is a compilation of cover songs originally written and performed by male artists. Imbruglia is sharing the first single, a rendition of Daft Punk’s excellent “Instant Crush,” which came out on Random Access Memories back in 2013 and featured vocals from the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas. Other artists covered on the album include Iron & Wine, Death Cab For Cutie, and the Cure. Imbruglia explains why she chose to cover “Instant Crush”:
On the original version, you can’t really hear what the song is about because of the effect that Julian’s voice has, which I love, by the way. However, it is such a beautiful story that I want people to hear it and connect with the words. I’m really proud of the way it turned out.
UPDATE: Audio is down temporarily, but will be back soon…
01 “Instant Crush” (Daft Punk)
02 “Cannonball” (Damian Rice)
03 “The Summer” (Josh Pike)
04 “I’ll Follow You Into The Dark” (Death Cab For Cutie)
05 “Goodbye in His Eyes” (Zac Brown Band)
06 “Friday I’m in Love” (The Cure)
07 “Naked as We Came” (Iron & Wine)
08 “Let My Love Open the Door” (Pete Townshend)
09 “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” (Neil Young)
10 “I Melt With You” (Modern English)
11 “The Waiting” (Tom Petty)
12 “The Wind” (Cat Stevens)
Male is out 7/28 via Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks.