Here on Thomas Dolby’s 1992 post-“Science” song “Cruel,” Rabdau adds the vocals to a cover from Boston synthpop veterans Lifestyle, who — wait for it — are also playing tomorrow night’s show in Central Square (in addition to Bent Knee, who clearly need to raise their covers game). What a tangled web we weave.
But this one goes back a bit. Rabdau and Lifestyle first started working on the track last winter, but the electronic band’s participation in the Rock N Roll Rumble and eventual transfer of band HQ and studios from Allston to Somerville put the squeeze on any plans for release.
With tomorrow’s show fast approaching, Lifestyle posted the cover tonight for free download or streaming pleasures. It’s a seductive number that updates Dolby’s atmospherics and gives the entire vibe a modern feel; Rabdau as Eddi Reader, the original vocalist, is pretty faithful, and it’s a welcome touch.
Sean Drinkwater of Lifestyle has also teased out the news that there are more than 30 covers in the band’s vault, all around 80 percent completed. Following up covers in recent years by Joy Division, David Bowie, and Scott Walker, the new re-boots could be released as a unit sometime next year.