This unlikely cover version of Madonna’s perennial pop favourite first came to the attention of Ghost Box records whenLarge Plants front man, Jack Sharp posted it on his social media channels as an April Fool’s gag. Plenty of followers were taken in by this perfectly crafted gem that sounds uncannily like it must have always existed and predated the original.
It’s a super heavy, scuzzed up, psych sound, at the same time shot through with Mediterranean sunlight. It’s by no means a parody though; rather a respectful interpretation of a perfectly formed pop masterpiece and is officially sanctioned by the publishers, for release on this highly desirable chunk of heavyweight vinyl by Ghost box Records. The flipside is a motoring, multicoloured blues number, Please Don’t Be There for Me. Both tracks were mixed by songwriter Chris Cohen (formerly of Deerhoof & Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti).
Due out on 26th November on 7″ single and all digital channels. Pre-orders open mid November. La Isla Bonita is the prelude to the debut album by Large Plants, The Carrier due for release in March 2021.
The band have already started touring the new material and you can catch them live at these dates:
- 23rd October: An afternoon gig at The Betsy Trotwood, Cerkenwell, supporting folk legend, Bonnie Dobson
- 27th October: The Portland Arms, Cambridge
- 5th November: The Night Owl, Finsbury Park. Shindig magazine’s Happening!