- 27 Aug 21
The latest in the Spotify series was recorded at the fabled New York City studios.
Punk rock poet laureate Patti Smith has released a new EP. Live At Electric Lady, recorded in partnership with Spotify, is Smith's first new solo recording since her 2012 album Banga was released.
Smith recorded some of her own songs, including 'Birdland', 'Ghost Dance', and 'Broken Flag', as well as covers of Bob Dylan's 'One Too Many Mornings' and Stevie Wonder's 'Blame It On The Sun.'
“We are very proud to be part of Spotify’s Live at Electric Lady series, our favorite recording studio,” Patti Smith said in a press release. “It was a unique challenge and offered us an exciting and innovative platform. We are grateful to Spotify for their generous support and willingness to present a live performance with all its possibilities of risk and revelation.”
Electric Lady's GM/Partner Lee Foster added: "Prior to recording, I had been discussing cover song options to present to Patti with Tony Shanahan, Patti’s MD and longtime bassist/pianist. We’d yet to mention to Patti that we’d hoped to record a cover during the session, so she was unaware at the time. Days went by and Tony and I couldn’t find the right song together. Then, as we’d just begun to agonize over it, he called me excitedly and asked “is ‘Blame It on the Sun’ from Talking Book [Stevie Wonder’s 1972 album recorded at Electric Lady]?” I looked quickly to confirm and told him yes. For no reason at all that morning Patti had texted him to say that the song was stuck in her head and that she wanted the band to learn it. Kismet."
Spotify and Electric Lady Studios announced their partnership in July. The series is set to feature releases by Japanese Breakfast, Faye Webster, Bleachers, Remi Wolf, Natalie Bergman, and more. Jon Batiste recorded the first EP in the series last month.
Listen to the EP below.