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Lindi Ortega premieres smoky 'To Love Somebody' cover

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Lindi Ortega is prepping the release of her fourth studio full-length, Faded Gloryville. The Nashville-based singer (by way of Ontario) croons in her wonderful lower register, chasing lovers, chasing dreams, sometimes even chasing darkness itself across its 10 tracks. EW is exclusively premiering the album’s first track, a “To Love Somebody” cover—originally a Bee Gees song but covered by the likes of Nina Simone, Michael Bolton, and Gram Parsons with The Flying Burrito Brothers. 

“The first time I heard ‘To Love Somebody’ it was a live video clip of Nina Simone doing a cover of it. She is such an evocative performer and her version really made the lyrics of that song stand out to me. It wasn’t till later I discovered the Bee Gees version which is also really great,” Ortega said. She added, “I realized that the song took on a bit of a different feel when sung from a woman’s perspective. It’s lyrics speaks to the unrequited in such a powerful way. I myself have been the unrequited more than a few times and I felt like I could really relate. It’s like you can’t help loving someone who you know will never love you back, that yearning and longing that gnaws at your heart.”

Faded Gloryville is due out Aug. 7. It was recorded in three different sessions—one with producer du jour Dave Cobb (A Thousand Horses, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell) and another with Colin Lindin (who worked with Ortega on Cigarettes & Truckstops), both in Nashville, and a third session in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with John Paul White (formerly one-half of the Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes’ keyboardist) behind the boards. 

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