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- Posted on Aug 12th 2010 2:00PM by Linda Laban
"It's its own beautiful little project," Antony Hegarty tells Spinner. "We thought if we are going to make a single we may as well put some other songs on there. So, it's a little compilation of songs that I haven't released until this moment. It's not totally in keeping with the feel of the album. There are two cover songs and two songs I didn't put on the album. It's a separate little piece."
Those covers, as Spinner previously reported, are reinterpretations of Bob Dylan's 'Pressing On' and John Lennon's 'Imagine.' "I was actually asked to do a cover of 'Pressing On' in conjunction with a project someone was working on with Bob Dylan, so I always had the cover in my back pocket," Hegarty says. "It's a funny one -- it's less known than much of his catalogue. It just appealed to me."
"The 'Imagine' track was also at someone's request. I ended up asking my friend William Basinski to collaborate with me on it. It's audacious to do a cover of 'Imagine' to start off with, so I had to squirm my way through that," Hegarty says bashfully. "I had to think about what could I bring to it. I thought 'sing it from a first-person perspective and also a futuristic perspective,' because it's so much a time capsule from the past. It's very much of a certain place and time and from a very singular perspective, which is john Lennon's perspective. I though I'd re-contextualize it, almost as a song from the future."
With its ominous tone, Hegarty admits the song is bleaker than Lennon's iconic original: "I suppose it's not the most hopeful version of the song you can imagine."