Dark Horse announces new EP, shares video for Grateful Dead cover “Althea”
Althea Released November 5 via Sonic Cathedral / Fat Elvis
October 19, 2021
One-man band Dark Horse (aka Chris Porpora) have announced the release of a new cover EP, Althea. It will feature covers of the 1980 Grateful Dead song “Althea”, “So Far Away” by Dire Straits and “Are You Ready” by Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember, who produced the EP’s title track. The EP will be released on November 5, digitally via Sonic Cathedral and on 10-inch clear vinyl via Sonic Cathedral / Fat Elvis. Watch the video of Porpora’s cover of “Althea” and check out the EP cover below.
âI’ve always loved the dead,â Porpora says in a press release. âA cousin of mine showed me how to play ‘Friend of the Devil’ when I was really little, and I was mystified. Fortunately, I was able to see them several times before Jerry Garcia passed away. I always found that his voice contained all the best things in music: tenderness, harshness, knowledge, humanity, gentleness, experience, weariness, innocence. I had never heard âAltheaâ, but a few years ago my father fell ill and I heard him on the radio on my way to the hospital. My jaw dropped. It felt like both a song about everything, about everything that is crucial. “
He adds, of the Dire Straits cover: âJust as my punk rock friends looked down on the Dead, Dire Straits would have been seen as a joke as well. But I have always found beauty in “So Far Away”. The recent experience of isolation brought him back to nostalgia. When I recorded it, I had rushed out of town under heartbreaking circumstances – just a bag and a guitar on my way to the door. This old song came to me, sitting in a room by the sea – it was a late August evening, at dusk. All I had on hand was a laptop computer perched on a wooden table; I leaned over it and recorded the first take. That’s what this version is. It was right. When I sent it to Pete, he noticed the cicadas and the police car passing by. The windows were wide open and everything came in.
Porpora concludes by talking about the Sonic Boom remix of âAre You Readyâ, nicknamed the âAM Mixâ: âBack when Pete sent me this version, I was listening to it on headphones while walking and I saw this beautiful car . I blinked three times. I don’t think I’ve seen an Aston Martin before. I wrote to Pete and said, âYour mix looks like this car. I want to call it the Sonic Boom AM Mix ‘.
In 2018, Porpora released a collaborative album with Dean Wareham titled Dean Wareham vs. Dark Horse.
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