Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• In honor of the new year, Canadian dream-poppers Memoryhouse covered the Zombies’ inspiration anthem “This Will Be Our Year.” The duo posted, “I hope this song helps motivate you to lose 5 pounds, stop smoking, and watch less reality T.V. (or is that just me?)”
MP3: Memoryhouse – This Will Be Our Year (The Zombies cover)
• To celebrate both Christmas and the 10th anniversary of Donnie Darko (really), Scotland rockers the Twilight Sad recorded an uncharacteristically quiet cover of INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart.” Proof once again that everything goes better with moody atmospherics and a thick brogue.
MP3: The Twilight Sad – Never Tear Us Apart (INXS cover)
• Last August, we discovered Sydney songwriter Edward Deer through his acoustic Miike Snow cover. Now he returns with a different source and different sound. For his cover of Tom Waits’ “Clap Hands,” he ditched the strumming for quirky production and echoey drum pads.
MP3: Edward Deer – Clap Hands (Tom Waits cover)
• Baby Bee hail from Louisiana and, to promote their recent LP Drop It Like a Bomb, they nod at their heritage with a Cleveland Crochet cover. “Sugar Bee” was the first Cajun song to ever hit the Billboard Top 100 back in 1961, and Baby Bee’s garage-slam version brings it right up to date.
MP3: Baby Bee – Sugar Bee (Cleveland Crochet cover)
• KimberlyNichole calls herself “the rock ballerina” and apparently performs wearing a tutu. She’s begun posting covers in a free Bandcamp EP, combining rock and roll energy with a dash of soul swagger. Her version of “Lithium” keeps the Nirvana covers momentum flowing into the new year.
MP3: KimberlyNichole – Lithium (Nirvana cover)
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