This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Mostly covers of older songs today, going back all the way to 1958 for James Brown’s “Try Me.” 1963 looks to Bob Dylan, 1969 gets some Beatles, and 1975 sees Rocky Horror reimagined. Then we jump forward to 2002 Iceland though, for the most beautiful song you’ve probably never heard.
Few cinematic openings in the ‘70s proved as iconic as those red lips singing “Science Fiction/Double Feature” to kick off Rocky Horror Picture Show. Barcelona quintet Abrevadero Zombie combines military snare with stylophone for a lighthearted sing-along. The highlight though: the musical saw hovering menacingly over the proceedings.
Are you ready for star time? Well knock it off. This twee folk-pop cover doesn’t offer much soul power, but it does offer delicate harmonies, harmonica, and handclaps. “Try me,” the singers seem to say, “but only if you feel comfortable.”
Atlanta cellist Takénobu covers both Bob Dylan and MGMT on his new EP. Since we feature MGMT covers so often in this series though, we went with the Dylan. His swirling cello backing steals the spotlight from the understated vocals.
French producer Kid Francescoli turns Abbey Road’s “Because” into a dance track. Wait, wait. That may sound like sacrilege, but this isn’t some four-on-the-floor club banger. Even with the bass and synths, the meditative surrealism takes your mind on a psychedelic journey to itself…or something.
Múm’s “Green Grass of Tunnel” made Pitchfork’s Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s list. It came in at #484, but still. This Icelandic masterpiece hops over to Sweden, where Ström elecrto-fies the instrumental without losing an ounce of the shimmering majesty.