90’s rock icon Tracy Bonham has gathered some unlikely collaborators for a new reworking of her 1996 debut album The Burdens of Being Upright, and Philly’s own Sadie Dupuis — of Speedy Ortiz and Sad13 — is in the mix. The upcoming album Modern Burdens is set to feature “radically different versions” of the 21-year-old songs recorded by women artists chosen by Bonham, and Dupuis’ contribution, a new version of “The Real,” lives up to the promise.
Dupuis brings her signature psychedelic synth-pop flair — the style her Sad13 solo project is known for — to the recording, her unmistakable vocals mirroring Bonham’s originals (the two artists have been compared in the past). The new version adds a fresh twist to the ’96 classic in a way that gives a nod to the Bonham of days past while taking the song in an unexpected but welcome direction. Continue reading →