Brisbane pop singer Mallrat has dropped her cover of rock band Mazzy Star’s 1993 song, ‘Fade Into You’ as a surprise bonus track on her album Butterfly Blue.
While the track — which has been added to the now-extended tracklist of the singer’s debut album Butterfly Blue — doesn’t deviate too far from the band’s dreamy original, it adds new flair courtesy of Mallrat’s signature talky vocals. Amping up the guitar strums, the Brisbane popstar invokes all the candour of Mazzy Star’s version, singing earnestly about love.
“I look to you when I see nothing”, Mallrat sings amid jingling tambourines, “I look to you to see the truth.” While today marks its official digital release, Mallrat’s Fade Into You has been previously shared as a bonus track on physical editions of Butterfly Blue, and has been performed by the singer on stage and at concerts since 2019. Listen to Mallrat’s cover of Fade Into You below.
Speaking of Fade Into You in a 2022 interview Mallrat said the song was her go-to cover while touring (alongside Dido’s Thank You), and arose when she “recorded it for fun one day. It’s on my list of songs that I wish I had written,” she said, “I feel very connected to [it]… So I wanted a bonus track on the album and it was the perfect candidate.”
The release of the cover — which originally featured on Mazzy Star’s sophomore album So Tonight That I Might See — comes days after Mallrat shared the visuals for To You. That song formed the tracklist of Butterfly Blue, and was released alongside the album in May of this year. The accompanying music video follows the singer as she wanders through Melbourne’s Luna Park and Sea Life Aquarium. Check out the music video for To You below.
Meanwhile, Mallrat has also announced a new run of tour dates, taking Butterfly Blue to regional venues across the country. The tour kicks off in Darwin on November 10, with additional stops scheduled for Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. In between, Mallrat will perform at this year’s Spilt Milk festival, where she forms the line-up alongside Flume, Fisher and Genesis Owusu, among others. See the full list of Mallrat’s regional tour dates below, and find tickets here.
10 Nov – Mayberry Darwin, Darwin, NT
17 Nov – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
18 Nov – Gilligan’s, Cairns, QLD
19 Nov – JCU Uni Bar, Townsville, QLD
26 Nov – Spilt Milk, Canberra, ACT
3 Dec – Spilt Milk, Ballrat, VIC
4 Dec – Spilt Milk, Gold Coast, QLD
31 Dec – Hobart UniBar, Sandy Bay, TAS