Dom Thomas is perhaps best known for his other gig, as founder of acclaimed reissue label Finders Keepers. So no surprise that the songs he selected for his band Whyte Horses’ new covers album dig deep. With a shifting group of collaborators, he covers some real cratedigger picks by groups like Belgian music polymath Plastic Bertrand (“Ca̧ Plane Pour Moi”) and Long Island twin soft-rockers Alessi Brothers (“Seabird”).
On several of the tracks, he brings in high-profile guest singers. Pop sensation La Roux helps remove some of the shlock from the Bee Gees’ relative deep cut “Mister Natural,” while Badly Drawn Boy keeps it gritty on Lou Reed’s not-deep-at-all cut “Satellite of Love.” Best of the bunch might be Iceland-based singer John Grant, who helps Thomas resuscitate Baby Huey’s ’70s soul gem “Hard Times.”
Listen to those three highlights below, as well as the new music video for the aforementioned Plastic Bertrand cover.