When I first listened to "I Do," the latest song from the collaboration between Simon and the Astronauts and Rachel Haden, I was smitten by how much it sounded like pure Rachel Haden. It sounded like early that dog. mixed with the melodies and later that dog. Turns out the song pre-dates Haden's 90's band!
Simon Wells explains the origins of the song:
“This song was initially a sketch written by Rachel Haden when she was just a teenager, before she started That Dog and took on global, post-grunge counter cultural status. It is a meeting of minds, the clarity of Rachel’s idea and the complexity of the Astronauts to make a Cocteau Twins soundscape.”
"I Do" is an insanely gorgeous power ballad. It starts off with just Haden's vocals and a guitar. You almost forget just how powerful her voice can be until it gets a showcase like this song. The song slowly builds in instrumentation, eventually swelling into an epic complete with one of the greatest 90's style guitar solos done this century. It's all a mix of gorgeous harmonies and would have been the closing song on your favorite album from 1996.
You can watch the video for "I Do" below. Simon and the Astronauts featuring Rachel Haden's self-titled album is due out April 22 on Ring Records and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Simon and the Astronauts, check out their Facebook and Twitter.