Peter Gabriel covers are hitting fast and furious these days. In April we posted covers of every song off his classic So, featuring Fever Ray’s ominous “Mercy Street.” Now indie favorites Elbow give the track a brighter shine in the latest installment of Gabriel’s cover pairings. Gabriel covered Elbow’s “Mirrorball” on his fantastic covers disc Scratch My Back.
“We chose to cover Mercy Street because it’s such an amazing song,” says Elbow’s Guy Garvey. “It’s my favourite from So. There’s a real tenderness and understanding in the lyrics. Before I knew anything about Anne Sexton or her poetry – the song is about and dedicated to her – I just knew that there was a real comfort to the song.”
Gabriel was as blown away as we were. “You never know quite what people are going to do with your tracks,” he wrote on his website. “With this one they’ve been fantastic people to work with, very easy, open and straight forward, and the music is stunning.”
Check out Elbow’s ethereal “Mercy Street” below. We’ve also got Gabriel’s “Mirrorball” to complete the picture.
Elbow – Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel cover)
Peter Gabriel – Mirrorball (Elbow cover)