Jack Antonoff Rereleases Bleachers Album With All Female Voices

Sia, Carly Rae Jepsen and Charli XCX lend their voices to Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2.

By Ava Myint

We all loved what we heard on Bleachers' debut album Strange Desire last year with songs like “Shadow” and “Rollercoaster,” and apparently, a ton of other musicians did too.

Bleachers frontman gathered female friends Charli XCX, Sia, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sara Bareilles, Tinashe and more to recreate some of those songs on Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2, a re-imagination of Strange Desire, re-recorded with all female voices.

Back in 2010, Antonoff did the same thing with his former band Steel Train, inviting all his favorite singers to cover Steel Train's self-titled album and calling it Terrible Thrills, Vol. 1.

“i love female voices," Antonoff wrote on Twitter on Monday. "i wish i had one. when i write songs i typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so i can hit the notes. that’s why so many bleachers’ songs are sung so low. i could change the key but i like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song. I’ve always written this way. so with that in mind i wanted to release a version of my record that spoke to how it was written and the ways i originally heard it in my head before i recorded and sang it."

Jack Antonoff’s interest in the dynamics between female and male voices ties in timely with Ryan Adams’ recent cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989. Are some songs better suited to be sung by one gender over another? As I listen to Tinashe’s incredible rework of “I Wanna Get Better,” one of my favorite Bleachers songs, I find it difficult to say. Regardless, Antonoff’s wish to make a female companion record to every record he puts out is a fascinating idea. Imagine how cool it’d be if your favorite album was covered by a different musician of the opposite gender.

As mentioned above, the album is free to download via Google Play and you can stream it on Youtube. What do you think?