Desire / Sorry
Digital single featuring a previously unreleased song and Lydia's stark, gripping take on...ahem...Justin Bieber's pop phenomenon "Sorry"
Side A is "Desire," a true arrow-to-the-chest Loveless gut-wrencher...complete with arson! Thickly distorted twin guitars and a right-in-the-pocket, half-waltzing rhythm section fill out Lydia's desperate longing and fury for a spoken-for lover. Lydia's vocal range will melt your hair right onto your skull.
Side B is Lydia's take on another ubiquitous pop ditty (see: her covers of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U," Elvis Costello's "Alison," and Kesha's "Blind"); this time it's Justin Bieber's mega-produced semi-reggaeton chart-ruler "Sorry" (yes, you definitely know it). Lydia does what she does best and reaches deep into the heart of the song, ripping away the studio magic and million-dollar production, and wrings out enough emotion for you to cock your head with a slight tear in your eye and say "oh no...do I actually like a Justin Bieber song? God dammit!" Lydia plays a delicate finger-picked guitar line while guitarist Todd May gives the song a pool of reverb to swim in. And it's glorious. You may have heard this one live on Lydia's Real tour. (When we first heard it at the Cubs World Series kickoff at Metro in Chicago, we simply couldn't believe our ears.)