New York singer-songwriter Diane Birch made quite a stir with her debut album Bible Belt last year, on S-Curve Records. Now the pastor’s daughter and erstwhile Goth has channeled her teenage love of  the musical macabre into The Velveteen Age, an EP collaboration with the Phenomenal Handclap Band available Dec. 7.

Among the songs Birch has massively reworked:

This Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy)
Kiss Them For Me (Siouxsie & The Banshees)
Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & The Bunnymen)
Atmosphere (Joy Division)
Primary (The Cure)
Tarantula (This Mortal Coil)
A Strange Kind of Love (Peter Murphy)

To get a taste of Birch’s intriguing experiment, check out her rather swinging version of  \”This Corrosion\” by The Sisters of Mercy.

Oh, and check out the EP’s cover. (Yes, that is Birch, at 16 and dressed in one of her vintage Victorian wedding dresses.)



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