Indie pop duo Tegan and Sara are on a career high right now. After 21 years of songwriting, last month’s ‘Love You to Death’ has become their “definitive record”. Produced under Greg Kurstin, we gave their eighth studio album a well-deserved 5 stars. So you can imagine how excited we were to have them drop by for the NME Basement Sessions.
The identical twin sisters debuted their acoustic renditions of two new tracks, ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Stop Desire’, both on ‘Love You To Death’, which was released on 3rd June.
Watch the acoustic version of Boyfriend
In these recordings, the Canadian duo have re-built the tracks in a form that’s stripped back, focused, and utterly gorgeous. They’ve swapped synths for guitar, and the pair’s harmonies are synched up to a tee.
We first heard ‘Boyfriend’ on radio show Beats 1 with NME writer Matt Wilkinson, where Sara called the track a “pretty straightforward pop song about a relationship that I was getting into with a girl who had never dated a girl before. She had a guy that she was sort of seeing, and we used to joke around that she was treating me like her boyfriend, and I was trying to get her to sort of, you know, tie it down. I wanted her to make it official with me.”
Tegan and Sara narrowly missed out on a Grammy back in 2013, but this has not held them back. In fact, they’re stronger now than ever, so the awards might go a little differently this year.
Watch Tegan & Sara perform ‘Stop Desire’