After the success of previous single “Armed with Love,” Gabi Garbutt is set to release new track “Lady Matador” on 20thApril with a cover of Ezra Furman’s “Teddy I’m Ready” as the b-side. Once again she has worked with Sean Read to produce them, they both show off her personality and versatility as an artist.
“Lady Matador” is an optimistic, upbeat track, exuding the fun yet complicated aspects of love. She sings quickly but without the loss of her intimate voice, whilst a saxophone led melody lifts it up into a cheerful, animated sound. Described by herself as enjoying writing about the “fragile, ecstatic feeling,” this one is heavily focused on a romantic context, “where everything’s magic and alive but tinged with destruction and chaos.” This shines through with the continued references to paradise and riding on a high, making an easy soul fused listen.
B-side “Teddy I’m Ready” has more of a stripped back opening with background vocals drifting throughout the chorus’, it emphasizes a subtler version of the vulnerable feeling she speaks so fondly of but still gives a sense of her lively and enjoyable presence. Her love for this song filters through the authenticity in her vocals and the simplicity of the arrangements. She tells us that the choice to do an Ezra cover was simply because her and a some of the band are big Ezra fans. She says, “I think he’s the most exciting artist out there at the moment, incredible lyrics and vision, he’s a magnetic performer and vocalist, and high energy brassy rock n’ rollalways strikes a chord with me! I came across him a few years ago when I was listening to a few Bella Union artists I hadn’t heard before, as I found I really like a lot of artists on that label, and now he’s my favourite. To me, Teddy I’m Ready is a perfect song. I struggle tothink of another song that brings me so much joy.”
This charm is something that not only echoes within her cover but also through her own music, the excitement surrounding her debut album rises with this release.
You can listen to the cover here:
And Lady Matador here:
She will be playing the following dates in London:
London Covent Garden Roadhouse (launch party) – April 19
London Camden Monarch (Mark Beaumont presents) – May 9
London Roundhouse (w/Frank Turner) – May 11
Words by Louise Tindall