Whistling may be all the rage in indie music these days (see: Andrew Bird), but you know what’s due for a comeback? Humming. Okay, I’m not sure humming was ever popular even by the same low standards we’re using for whistling, but this cover makes the case. After all, what other wordless vocalization both indicates that you feel “very well” and shows your “feelings of emptiness”? Thanks, nonsensical Wikipedia entry!
In the latest Voice Project video, the men of Joan As Police Woman hum through a reimagined version of Broken Social Scene’s “Lover’s Spit.” After a little a cappella work by the whole group, Joan Wasser takes charge, proving strikingly talented at belting it out while playing the violin. The rest of the band adds drumming to their humming. Though they lay back, she projects a symphony’s worth of power in her vocals (and violin solo).
The video promotes the Voice Project, a peace movement for northern Uganda. Previous cover contributors have included the aforementioned Mr. Bird, Deer Tick, and Peter Gabriel. Watch Joan’s knockout performance below, then catch up on the rest here.
Joan As Police Woman – Lover’s Spit (Broken Social Scene cover)