BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Rachel Eckroth’s Visceral Cover of Bowie’s ‘Love is Lost’

Image by Shervin Lainez


Though she’s been the always-in-demand keyboardist for the likes of KT Tunstall, Chris Botti, and now Rufus Wainwright, Rachel Eckroth has carried on a successful parallel solo career since 2014’s Let Go album.

October 19 will see the release of her third album, the revealingly titled When it Falls. Indeed, she began writing it in early 2016, just after her father passed away – which happened to be the same time that David Bowie was lost to the world. Eckroth is married to Tim Lefebvre, Bowie’s bass player at the time of his passing.

The latter not only co-produced the album, but also suggested covering “Love is Lost,” from Bowie’s final album Blackstar. And here BlackBook premieres her stunningly realized version and its enigmatic accompanying video.

“In an attempt to capture some of the original production elements,” she recalls, “we kept the odd harmonies in the guitar part and the thick harmonies of the background vocals, putting together a choir of six people to achieve this. I wanted the end result in production to feel experimental, with elements of sci-fi, which I think were expressed with the effects pedals used on the guitars and synths.”

And as with most Bowie lyrics, she understood the possibility for “Love is Lost” to be interpreted in different ways by different listeners.

“I think there are a few interpretations of what the lyrics mean,” she explains, “but I was drawn to the lyrics because the story is sort of vague and mysterious. I like when a song gives room for the listener to come up with their own story.”

Eckroth will be touring for When it Falls this autumn, with headlining dates in October, and supporting Wainwright through November and December.

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