Having celebrated Stephin Merritt‘s birthday just over a month ago, we at Cover Me are no strangers to the work of The Magnetic Fields‘ songwriter. It seems that every cover we find offers a compelling testament to the man’s songwriting power. Today we have another. It’s Long Beach’s Kotomi delivering an ethereal version of Magnetic Fields track “All the Umbrellas in London.”
Kotomi tells Cover Me that she “wanted to record a version that sonically matched the heartbreaking loneliness of the lyrics.” With the help of guitarist/lap steel player Justin Burrows, she settled into her converted closet-studio and accomplished just that. Contrary to the emotional distance between Merritt’s lyrics and his sound, this cover makes you feel every word.
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