Words by Ben Bowman.
On the 17th of October, The Last Shadow Puppets announced the release of ‘The Dream Synopsis EP’ along with the first single, a cover of the late Leonard Cohen’s ‘Is This What You Wanted’. Now, the supergroup has followed that up with another cover, this time of Jacques Dutronc’s ‘Les Cactus’. If you have never heard it before, the band covered this song many times on the road in the summer and really made it their own. Released in 1967, the band have given another nod to how much this era has influenced their sound and songwriting, seeing as Turner and Kane have both regularly spoken about the importance of the likes of Scott Walker and David Bowie.
The song was recorded during the EP recording session at Future-Past studios in New York, which also encompasses the setting for the video, featuring Alex Turner dancing around like a character from Sesame Street. With flailing arms, Turner belts through the track alongside bandmate Miles Kane on guitar. Since the announcement of the EP in October, it is fair to say that the release of this track in particular has been much anticipated and the way that they have transformed it from a live rendition into a studio recording, while still retaining all the fun of the live show.
The video and the track itself not only provides a form of light entertainment but also serves as a reminder as to how versatile these two musicians have become. You wouldn’t stand in the way of Alex Turner and Miles Kane at a karaoke night that’s for sure. The Arctic Monkeys frontman has certainly shone in these first two releases, but Kane steps into the limelight in the cover of The Fall’s ‘Totally Wired’ which was also covered over the summer.
With the third installment of The Last Shadow Puppets supposedly already recorded and set for release in eight years time, this current flurry of material post ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’ is possibly the last we’ll hear in a while from the supergroup, so enjoy it while it lasts.
The Dream Synopsis EP is released on the 2nd of December and is able to pre-order here.
Alternatively, you can stream the track here.
Written by Ben Bowman, you can follow Ben on Twitter here.