This summer, San Francisco jazz/soul performers and longtime collaborators Quinn DeVeaux and Meklit Hadero announced that they were working on a covers album together. Though the Blue Beat Review frontman (DeVeaux) and Ethiopian-born singer (Hadero) don’t have plans to release the album until January, they’re giving listeners something to look forward to with some preview covers, including a lovely acoustic take on Arcade Fire’s Funeral opener, “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels).”
Arcade Fire’s original song is best known for its grand, shimmering production, a sonic mirror of the snowstorm it describes. DeVeaux and Hadero strip the track down to impeccable harmonies and acoustic guitar, infusing it with a gentle poignancy that gives the lyrics new depth. Hadero’s ethereal vocals are particularly striking, the clear centerpiece of this introspective cover. Check out the performance below.
Meklit Hadero and Quinn DeVeaux– Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (Arcade Fire cover)