When Beck released his album Sea Change in 2002, there was little doubt about the meaning of the title. Coming off his Prince-esque Midnite Vultures, with its sleazy funk stylings, no one expected the bare bones sadness and stillness of Sea Change. By the time you hit the fifth track, “Lost Cause,” you were either head over heels for a side of Beck many people hadn’t seen before, or scrambling for your copy of Odelay. If you’re in the former camp, “Lost Cause” is a sacred song, sad beyond words despite the upbeat fingerpicking and swirling ambiance.
Brooklyn singer Chiara Angelicola, better known as Bird Call, treats the song with the reverence you would expect. The guitar part is still there, and the ghostly background noise is beautifully replaced with psychedelic sitar. Bird Call’s voice is at times as thin as a reed, sounding a bit like Joanna Newsom or Julia Stone. On the chorus, though, her style becomes husky, making the words as haunting as the original’s. Her version serves as a lovely counterpoint to Beck’s classic.
Other Creatures Track Listing:
1. The Man With The Child In His Eyes (Kate Bush cover)
2. Lost Cause (Beck cover)
3. Creature Spirits Move Interlude
4. Into My Arms (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds cover)
5. Little Lies (Fleetwood Mac cover)
6. Doo Right (Man Man cover)
7. Little Lies (Fleetwood Mac cover) (Big Lies Remix)