This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
An embarrassment of riches this week. In addition to the normal five Bandcamp spotlights, we’ve added five more below that we just didn’t want to let go. Check out the main set, then scroll further to download bonus covers of Roky Erickson, Black-Eyed Peas, The Wizard of Oz, Mountain Goats, and Antony and the Johnsons.
When you have access to a church organ, one band lends itself particularly well to a cover: Muse. Their songs are so full of Phantom of the Opera pomp already, a grand gothic statement just fits. Graham Coe and his band did just that at Edinburgh’s 768-year old St. Giles Cathedral.
That Alphaville sample from Jay-Z’s 2010 hit “Young Forever” get on your nerves? Then check Folkster Supreme’s lo-fi-as-hell cover. A punky piano melody unpins the scratchy vocals, recorded straight to cassette (natch).
Covers of Miike Snow’s “Animal” peaked about a year ago, but this late entry may top them all. Trails craft an acoustic rock surge for the pop hit. It’s still plenty danceable, but that dancing might now take place in West Virginia, not Ibiza.
This Yes cover comes from the soundtrack to Peter Joseph’s new indie film Zeitgeist: Moving Forward. The apocalyptic documentary seeks to challenge the “current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society.” Sounds like a Muse song in the making. Watch the whole 2.5-hour movie on YouTube.
1973 British horror film The Wicker Man didn’t get a proper soundtrack until 1998. Even then, they left off one of the best songs: “Gently Johnny.” Louisiana’s Damien Youth rectifies the error on this pagan folk cover. Also check out his covers of Badfinger and the Kinks from the same album, The Tale of a Shadow.