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LISTEN: The Space Lady - 'Major Tom'
The Quietus , August 29th, 2013 08:43

Listen to 'Major Tom', which precedes an upcoming retrospective of the cult outsider musician's work to be released via Night School Records

Night School Records have announced that, this autumn, they will be releasing a retrospective of music by cult US musician The Space Lady, titled, simply enough, The Space Lady's Greatest Hits. Having made music away from the eye of the wider world in San Francisco between the 70s and the 90s, her low-key and strangely moving Casio keyboard covers of pop songs originally came to public attention via Irwin Chusid's 2000 'outsider music' compilation Songs In The Key Of Z, alongside the likes of Wesley Willis, Joe Meek and Daniel Johnstone. Her music has since appeared on mixes from John Maus and Erol Alkan and has gradually been attracting wider interest since. "This music has transcended genre, style and fashion, opening up hearts and minds along the way," say the label, who connected with The Space Lady two years ago and are now preparing to issue her only recorded music from that time period.

The Space Lady's Greatest Hits will be released later this year on CD, LP and digital formats, but in the meantime, the label are releasing a 7" containing two particularly lovely electronic pop songs - a cover of Peter Schilling's 'Major Tom', which you can listen to above, and a version of Golden Earring's 'Radar Love'. To pre-order, click here to visit the label's site.

More information on the full compilation when we have it, but the label conclude this announcement by revealing that "even more exciting, The Space Lady has begun performing and recording again, returning to a scene of independent musicians that she helped define before many of them were born." In the meantime, you can listen to her cover of The Electric Plumes' 'I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night' - which appeared on Songs In The Key Of Z - below.