So You’ve Discovered Kate Bush: 8 Songs and Albums to Listen to Next
Posted on June 2, 2022
Kate Bush’s song Running Up That Hill is having a moment thanks to it being featured in the latest season of Stranger Things. If you find yourself bopping to that song and her all around spectacular album with the lead track, Hounds of Love, here are the songs, albums, and artists you need to listen to next. Best of all, these tracks are available from the Library! Whether you listen to CDs, or digitally through hoopla or Freegal, we’ve got you covered.
The Futureheads debut, self-titled album is all around a solid indie rock effort, but the cherry on top for this outing is their cover of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, which could arguably be one of the best covers of all time. Listen to this song in your car and try not to sing along, or dance, or do that weird thing at stoplights when you play the air drums and other people are looking at you.
My Woman by Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen’s sophomore album builds off of her equally fantastic debut outing, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Most impressive here are the tracks Never Be Mine and Shut Up Kiss Me, which will make you hate love and love love and want to shut up and be kissed, all at once.
Sprained Ankle by Julien Baker
The title track from Julien Baker’s debut album is a sad song, it opens with the lyrics “Wish I could write songs about anything other than death,” but is beautiful in its melancholy. Baker’s simple guitar notes, repeating throughout the song, make me think of driving on an empty rural freeway on a cool summer night at dusk, the red blinking lights of radio towers on the horizon – a setting that makes me sad yet hopeful, happy yet full of rage.
Post by Björk
Björk captures some of the same calm yet frenetic energy many of Kate Bush’s songs carry, and none so more than It’s Oh So Quiet which feels like it’s straight out of a Broadway revue.
Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis
Jenny Lewis has had a long and storied career, first as a child actor, and then in music while fronting the band Rilo Kiley before splitting off as a solo artist. Acid Tongue is a great album and a personal favorite is the track See Fernando, which has an incredibly stylish and fun music video you need to see.
Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
Grammy winning artist St. Vincent delivered this sophomore album before many of the accolades, but that doesn’t lessen the quality of this outing, especially the tracks Cruel and Dilettante, which are at all times great alternative pop rock songs while still being experimental.
Waysides by Bedouine
Bedouine is probably the greatest departure from Kate Bush on this list, being an artist who is practically devoid of rock and almost purely folk, but you’ll still appreciate the calmness in her songs.
Resistance Radio: The Man in The High Castle Album
Tie-in albums aren’t usually very good, but Resistance Radio, a collection related to the Amazon Prime series The Man in the High Castle, itself an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s speculative novel that examines a world where the Axis powers won World War II, is a spectacular exception. Full of reimagined songs from the 1960s covered by contemporary artists, highlights include Sharon Van Etten’s The End of the World, The Shins covering A Taste of Honey, and Norah Jones with a rendition of Unchained Melody.