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Whyte Horses recruit La Roux's Elly Jackson for "Mister Natural"

12 December 2019, 10:51 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Whyte Horses have teamed up with La Roux's Elly Jackson on "Mister Natural", the third track to be lifted from their forthcoming LP Hard Times.

"Mister Natural" follows on from earlier releases "Hard Times" featuring John Grant, and a cover of 1970's track "Ça Plane Pour Moi".

The new release is a cover of the Bee Gees track titled "Mr. Natural".

Whyte Horses' Dom Thomas says of his choice to cover the song, "I vividly remember watching a Bee Gees documentary late one night. By the time it got to the mid seventies era the band were talking about how everything was going wrong and they were close to quitting. It cut to some footage of a gig in Melbourne which was meant to be a low point but my ears pricked up when I heard the first few bars of Mister Natural. It was one of the best Bee Gees numbers I'd heard, right up there with Massachusetts and the golden sixties era ballads, in my mind this was an instant classic."

Thomas adds of the collaboration with La Roux, "I sent it to Elly and we decided to do a version at our Royal Festival Hall gig. It's one of those songs we both just connected with and we thought we should record it, this was before the idea of doing an album of covers, maybe it sparked the idea. It's got a certain charm that's hard to quantify like all the best Bee Gees songs, it's melancholic and a little bit melodramatic."

Jackson says of collaborating with Whyte Horses, "Me and Dom share a love of this song, so it was a lovely opportunity to work with him on the track."

Hard Times will follow on from Whyte Horses' 2018 album Empty Words, and is decribed by creator and curator Dom Thomas as a "fantasy mixtape".

They recorded the album in an isolated studio on the Isle of Wight. Thomas says of the group's recording process, "We don’t go into the studio until the very last moment. We all do the demo stuff at home because that’s the way we like to work: everything is pretty much arranged in my head and then I go into the studio and we intensively get them down in quite a short amount of time. Once in the studio, that’s where things come to life."

"Mister Natural" is out now. Whyte Horses' Hard Times album drops 17 January 2020 via CRC Records, and is available to pre-order now.
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