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Following the release of their morose EP Frozen Heart back in July, folk duo Smoke Fairies were invited by none other than Jack White to travel out to his studio in Nashville to record some songs with a view to releasing a single on his own Third Man Records. That’s not the kind of offer one would turn down lightly, so Jessica and Katherine packed their bags and flew out to Tennessee in September to work with Mr White (drums, production) and his right-hand man Jack Lawrence (bass). The result, released next week, is a double A-side single, ‘Gastown’ / ‘River Song’.
Describing their adventures on their Myspace blog, Jessica wrote: “We spent one and a half days in the studio recording on 8-track analogue. After a day spent doing the B-side ‘River Song’ we thought it was time to call it a day and rest our jetlagged brains. Jack didn’t have the same idea and at some point after midnight [we] went back into the live room and recorded ‘Gastown’. Jamming late into the night, in a studio in the woods somewhere in Nashville, with the sound of crickets all around, with two pretty cool guys was tough, but we managed to make the best of it and capture the best version of ‘Gastown’ we have ever played. At the end of the song the amp Kaf was using broke, sounding like a mysterious saxophone.”
Jessica also revealed that a very limited run of 150 tri-colour vinyls will be pressed alongside the regular version; 100 of these will be sold at the Third Man Records shop in Nashville, while the remaining 50 will be distributed randomly to those buying the release through mail order. Preview both tracks over on Myspace. Smoke Fairies play The Farmhouse in Canterbury with Kid Harpoon and Krissy & The Jackdaws on Thursday (December 3).
Speaking to Rolling Stone recently, Jack White let slip that his Alison Mosshart-fronted ‘supergroup’ The Dead Weather expect to have their second album wrapped up by the time they head out to Australia in March for a tour. “We have a lot of songs cooking right now, we’ve been playing a few of them live, and I’m sure by March the entire 20 or 25 songs will be onstage by then,” White told the magazine. “We can’t tell you that much about it except that it’s gonna be really expansive, and I use that word loosely in a scientific sense, meaning that I’m just using it to distract you.”
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