Peppermint RadioPosted: 01.09.2010
We’ve been meaning to do a post on Kate Walsh’s new album, Peppermint Radio, ever since a copy of it arrived through our letterbox a couple of weeks ago. It’s due to be released on Friday 10th September, so we figured that it was about time that we got something up on the blog before we were completely behind the times. For her fourth album, Walsh chose to do a collection of covers, offering new interpretations of songs which mostly date from the 1980s and 1990s. The idea behind the album title was inspired from her childhood years when she played with a knitting machine (we have one of those, they’re deadly!), pretending that it was a mixing desk in a radio station, which she called ‘Peppermint Radio’, to an audience comprised solely of her parents. It’s a sweet story, and explains the shape of this album, which is mostly composed of songs from her ‘Peppermint Radio’ era.
The album has a strong Brit-Pop selection, but Walsh twists the familiar songs into something inherently more pensive and delicate, dwelling upon the lyrics and altering songs like Blur’s ‘Beetlebum’ beyond recognition. Some of the covers were more successful than others, but all in all, we enjoyed listening to this unexpected, thoughtful album.