It wasn't so long ago here on Third Outing that we discovered the incredible Sammy Hale. His stand-out track Hollywood Hills from debut album Post Cult gave us renewed hope - folk rock 'n' roll is still alive and well in the US of A today. But we only got to know one side of the Nashville hero, there's something else to talk about...
Sammy Hale AKA Shane Graybill also has a freaky electronic side, too. Playing under the name Cult Choir, Graybill has developed quite the prolific back-catologue of tunes that shows a different side to the folk man Sammy Hale. So much so, that Cult Choir have delivered us an absolute covers curve ball, and one of the best we've had to date.
Now, here the usual rules don't apply - because Shane is an absolute baller and informed us that he was desperate to do a Frank Ocean cover, there was only ever going to be one choice. Here's what he went for followed by the all important why (and, oh! Check out more from Cult Choir in particular last year's Haunted House Party release):
Cult Choir is where I do my electronic, weird, beat and synth stuff - so I've chosen the song "Ivy" by Frank Ocean. I only got around to listening to his sophmore album "Blonde" late last year and it immediately struck me as something very personal - without genre or any type of limitations during the songwriting and recording process. Frank has such a beautiful voice - so I know a lot of people are going to say I didn't do this song justice and I probably didn't - but I love the album so much. I rarely do covers, but have been wanting to do a Frank Ocean cover for a little while now. My friend Mike Heller of the band Smoky Willows whom I've worked with a lot in the past helped me out with some of the bass, synth and mellotron sounds - he's the best.