Crowded House has shared a new version of their latest single “To The Island”, remixed by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. You can check it out below.
True to form, Parker’s remix adds a thick layer of psychedelia to the single, warping its vocals and introducing a range of synth sounds.
“With all the world upended and nothing in its right place we became curious to hear how our favourite contemporary musicians and record makers might reimagine a Crowded House song,” Neil Finn said in a statement.
“I emailed our version of “To The Island” to Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) with an invitation to take it apart and reassemble in his own unique way. Happily, he really liked the song and it was an absolute delight to hear what he made from it, an exotic fantasy I would call it.”
The Tame Impala version will be released on a 7″ inch vinyl, along with a remix of the single from Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
“To The Island” was released back in February and is lifted from Crowded House’s first album in a decade, Dreamers Are Waiting, due out on June 4. It is the second single to be released from the album, following on from “Whatever You Want” in 2020, which was accompanied by a music video featuring Mac DeMarco.
“I’ve always been afraid of just repeating the same formulas, and somehow this feels like a fresh and authentic way to re-approach Crowded House today with an awareness of all our history and where, how and why it began in the first place,” Neil Finn said of the new album’s sound.
Last week, Crowded House rescheduled their UK and European dates to the summer of 2022. However, unlike many global artists, Crowded House have been able to perform live recently. They recently completed a successful trek of New Zealand, featuring a touring party of founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour, along with producer and keyboardist Mitchell Froom, guitarist and singer Liam Finn and his younger brother, drummer Elroy Finn.
Dreamers Are Waiting is out on June 4 and can be pre-ordered here.