Some artists have a reasonably narrow range of influences which they use to construct a homogeneous sound. Not so for Brian Grosz, a Brooklyn-based purveyor of alt-blues who earned our 17th Best Cover of 2010 award for his Spinal Tap tune. This week he released two new singles, covering songs from radically different genres.
The first single, Seraphim, consists of two spirituals. He presents “Ain’t It a Shame” as a frantic ‘50s-style barroom jam, fast-paced, almost wildly out of control. “Jesus on the Mainline” sounds more like it was recorded in some demented church, with an ominous sing-along choral group. On the second single, he completely reworks Talking Heads‘ “Once in a Lifetime.” It sounds like a post-apocalyptic Tom Waits. Grab all three tracks below.