Shuffle Sundays is a weekly feature in which we feature a cover chosen at random by my iTunes shuffle. The songs will usually be good, occasionally be bad, always be interesting. All downloads will only be available for one week, so get them while you can.
I’d wager that at least three-quarters of the people who bought last year’s Loving Takes This Course: A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom had no idea who the honoree was. When Mark Kozelek, Devandra Banhart and a bunch more folk revivalists champion your songs though, obscurity doesn’t last long. As if that wasn’t enough, the album included a bonus disc of all the originals. Any time she feels like touring, Bloom now has a whole new fanbase of hippie-hipsters waiting in Brooklyn.
For the occasion Mick Turner (Dirty Three) and Peggy Frew (the Art of Fighting) chose “Window,” a song originally recorded as a duet with fellow Connecticut resident Loren Connors from their 1983 album Sand in My Shoe. Turner and Frew spread their quiet sensitivity over the lamentations of a pining lover in “Window.”
The lyrics of “Window” come off a little melodramatic on paper. Lines like “Baby, I’m down on my knees again / Please don’t forget you promised to tell me who I am” inspire more eye roll than empathy. In Peggy Frew’s delivery though, the words are just a conduit for the desperate tone. This singer barely even knows what she’s saying any more; she just wants to keep talking to delay his departure. It’s not a song you’re going to put on repeat, but perfect for any time you’re feeling morose and don’t much want to cheer up.
Mick Turner and Peggy Frew – Window (Kath Bloom) [Buy]
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