Unfortunately Tanya Donelly wasn't able to release a cover as part of her Sunday Series this week, but luckily this just happens to be the week that the first single from her upcoming covers album with the Parkington Sisters is out! As soon as this project was announced, I knew I couldn't wait to hear it. Donelly is a 90's alt-rock icon that has mellowed in the past twenty or so years, and The Parkington Sisters take traditional strings and harmonies and create some of the most uniquely original not-quite-traditional music out there. For the first single off their upcoming album, they're taking on The Go-Go's 1981 song "Automatic." The cover starts off with a lot more noise than I would have expected, but soon turns into a spot on traditional cover. That's not an easy feat, since The Go-Go's certainly weren't using traditional string instruments in 1981, but Tanya Donelly and The Parkington Sisters nail this cover perfectly. If this upcoming album was already highly anticipated, "Automatic" has us nearly ravenous for it.
You can listen to Tanya Donelly and The Parkington Sisters take on "Automatic" below. The quartet's upcoming self-titled album will be available via American Laundromat Records on August 14. You can pre-order the album here. For more on Tanya Donelly, check out her Facebook and Twitter. For The Parkington Sisters, check out theirs.