Clare Burson first crossed our radar with her swooning cover of the Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait.” We fell instantly in love with the Brooklyn songwriter and now she’s back with a couple cover premieres. This woman is on a roll. Just last week the New York Times compared her recent cheese-inspired album Silver & Ash with Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising. High praise.
Today’s tunes continue the string of successes. Burson first grooves through the Magnetic Fields’ “With Whom to Dance?” and then layers on the spooky tenderness for INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart.” We checked in with Burson to tell us more about the tunes. Give ‘em a listen and read what she had to say below.
Clare says: A friend introduced me to The Magnetic Fields’ ‘Get Lost’ about 9 years ago. I fell in love with the record, and being a fan of ukuleles, particularly loved the song “With Whom To Dance?” The lyrics are also spot on; it is one of those songs I wish I had written myself. I adore Stephin Merritt’s version of his tune, but I enjoyed mixing things up a bit with the drums and grittier guitars.
Clare says: I absolutely loved INXS and Michael Hutchence in junior high. I remember one party in particular – in a friend’s garage – lip-syncing and dancing to “Never Tear us Apart,” trying to channel Hutchence’s over-the-top presence. I went a different direction with this cover though, letting the song simmer instead of going full boil.