When it comes to classic songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” finding fresh, unique covers can be almost impossible. Originally recorded back in 1971 by soul singer Bill Withers, “Ain’t No Sunshine” has been covered by everyone from Sting to Michael Jackson to Eva Cassidy. But even a 40-year-old cover-prone song like “Ain’t No Sunshine” can be redone in an original way with a little bit of creativity and a lot of talent. Seattle-based neo-soul musician Anomie Belle happens to have both.
The classically trained Anomie Belle layers on the acoustic and electronic instrumentation in her rendition of this well-known track, enhancing and highlighting its swaying, slow-moving beat. Her full and fluid voice tops off the sensual texture of the cover while staying true to the somber, bluesy feel of the original. You’d probably be hard-pressed to find an “Ain’t No Sunshine” cover that sounds like this one. Listen and download for yourself below.
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