Games Without Frontiers

Nine years after his only other appearance on Later with Jools Holland, Peter Gabriel returns this week to promote his latest release, New Blood. It’s a follow-up to last year’s Scratch My Back, in which he delivered a whole album of orchestral versions of other people’s songs. New Blood fulfils a similar function, as he orchestrates over a dozen songs from his own back catalogue. His version of Suzanne (below) is taken from a 1995 tribute to Leonard Cohen called Tower of Song. Noah & the Whale make their first appearance on Later and will play some songs from their third album, Last Night on Earth. Their version of Paul Simon’s You Can Me Al appeared as a b-side in 2008 and I think it’s pretty good. The Horrors have been going as long as Noah & the Whale and also released their third album earlier this year. The band’s lead singer, Faris Badwan, has a solo project named Lumina and his cover of The Black Lips’ I’ll Be With You appeared as the flip side to The Lips’ Drugs single from 2009. The Horrors were unsuccessful Mercury Prize nominees that year and this year Ghostpoet found himself in the same position. Peanut Butter & Melancholy Jam is the title of his only album and Cash & Carry Me Home was its first single. Lana del Rey is the pseudonym of London-based New Yorker Elizabeth Grant. She’ll be making her first television appearance on Later and I look forward to hearing her perform Video Games. Later goes out every Tuesday and Friday on BBC Two

Suzanne (Leonard Cohen cover) – Peter Gabriel

You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon cover) – Noah & the Whale

I’ll Be With You (Black Lips cover) – Lumina

Cash & Carry Me Home – Ghostpoet

Video Games – Lana del Rey

Clockwise from top left: Noah & the Whale; The Horrors; Lana del Rey; Peter Gabriel; Ghostpoet