Garbage has been busy this year, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their eponymous debut album and getting ready to release a brand new album in 2016. But how many remember that Shirley Manson was, at one point, working on a solo album? She wrote and recorded numerous songs while Garbage was on hiatus, and now we can hear one of those lost tracks. “Dark Hearts And Heart Beats” is a stunning song that leaked online this year.
Shirley wrote many songs around 2009 and 2010 that were intended for her first solo album, and it can be guessed that “Dark Hearts And Heart Beats” was one of them. The song was registered on ASCAP around 2010. Shirley Manson wrote “Dark Hearts And Heart Beats” with Gabrial McNair, most known for his work in No Doubt. He has also recorded with Green Day and is now part of the band Oslo.
Unfortunately, Shirley’s “noir” solo album ultimately was shelved. At this point, Shirley has no plans to release her solo recordings. Three of Shirley’s demos – “In The Snow,” “Pretty Horses,” and “Lighten Up” – were leaked online in 2009 and 2010. Two of her songs were also recorded by Sky Ferreira for her 2013 debut album. Now we have our fourth taste of Shirley’s solo album with “Dark Hearts And Heart Beats” below:
Garbage just released a 20th Anniversary Re-Issue of their self-titled debut album. The new Garbage release includes the original 12-song album, plus all 1995 b-sides, early demo recordings, and remixes of the singles.
The band is also finishing up their 6th studio album, due out by spring 2016. You can catch up on all we know about the new album, and be sure to look over the known song titles to see if you can guess what will make the cut. Keep checking back here for all the latest Garbage and Shirley Manson news.