It’s not likely you’ll go the whole summer without hearing Weezer’s “Island in the Sun.” As a summer playlist staple ever since its 2001 release, it’s difficult to imagine it sounding as good without Weezer’s signature wailing guitar solos and the easygoing voice of frontman Rivers Cuomo. But Deaux, comprised of Alexa Cruse and Jacob Morrison (who we’ve previously heard as Hands(s)), proves that it can be done. Their mellow electronic rendition strips the track down, changing its sound but keeping its heart.
The soft electric piano tones, rolling drumbeat, and female lead vocals give the song a completely different feel – but, thankfully, it doesn’t lose the air of summer. Think floating lazily on a pool raft rather than playing volleyball at a beach party. In fact, the whole summer feel of the song is the reason Deaux decided to cover it in the first place.
“Alexa said that ‘Island in the Sun’ was a totally random/out-of-the-blue choice…she just started singing it one day,” Morrison tells us. “She thought it would be a great cover because it’s ‘the ultimate summer song.’ She had this great idea to do a slow version because it is known for its energy.”
It seems Morrison has a knack for his interesting musical interpretations as illustrated by his cover of Death Cab for Cutie’s “Codes and Keys”, created as Hands(s). To find out for yourself, stream/download their take on “Island in the Sun” below.
Deaux – Island in the Sun (Weezer cover)