On her fall UK tour, Bat for Lashes unleashed a trio of ’80s covers, tackling Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work,” Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night,” and Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer.” Now a live recording of the latter forms the title track on a new EP.
Though she strips the song way down, her “Boys of Summer” cover maintains a strong ’80s vibe courtesy of those synths. But now instead of Henley’s upbeat pop-rocker, it’s the sort of ballad that might score a wistful ’80s-movie montage. The Boys of Summer EP includes similarly stripped-down versions of three of her own songs: “Desert Man,” “Daniel,” and “The Hunger.”
Check it out below, and then watch live videos of her Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper covers too.