Lou Hayter – Time Out Of Mind

London native Lou Hayter has begun a new chapter of her already impressive musical career. She started as keyboardist for the band New Young Pony Club, with whom she toured the world for eight years. Since then, she was one half of Tomorrow’s World (the other half being Airโ€™s Jean-Benoรฎt Dunckel) and formed The New Sins with Nick Phillips. While theyโ€™re working on new material in Paris, Hayter started a solo career.

On 7 May, her solo album Private Sunshine will come out. According to her label, it will encompass her love of acid house, โ€˜80s hits, yacht rock, electro, future pop and disco. Sounds good, doesnโ€™t it? Many of these ingredients can be heard in her new single Time Out Of Mind. The intro reminds of Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters, but after 15 seconds a Steely Dan-like synth comes in. Bulls-eye, for Time Out Of Mind is indeed a cover of a track from Fagen & Beckerโ€™s 1980 Gaucho album.

Hayter says about her version: โ€œSteely Dan are my favourite band. So I approached this cover with my utmost respect and tried to be reverent. I chose a bit more of a deep cut from their album Gaucho. My friend Jeff Wooton who plays with Gorillaz very kindly added this mega guitar solo on the record. He nailed it in one take which was amazing to watch. I hope it has the same happy sunshine sound that Steely Dan brings to me when I listen to them.โ€

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