A few months ago Tyler Ramsey released an acoustic cover of the ’80s hit “All Through The Night,” written by Jules Shear and famously covered by Cyndi Lauper on her 1984 debut album. Now the tune seems to be making a full-fledged comeback, as a new collaborative project called U.S. Elevator recently released their own cover as a single. The voice behind the group is none other than Sarah Lee Guthrie, daughter of Arlo and granddaughter of Woody, who has released several albums with her husband Johnny Irion as a folk-rock duo. To form U.S. Elevator, the pair joined forces with San Franciscan production duo The Rondo Brothers, who are connected to acts like Galactic and Foster the People.
Their cover of “All Through The Night” shows how natural the marriage between their folk and electronic styles can sound, with the production setting a lush, mysterious mood for Guthrie’s simple, unadorned lead vocal and Irion’s intimate harmonies. The Rondo Brothers keep everything simple, opting for repetitive drum loops, an incessant but low-key bass arpeggio and intermittent string and piano interjections that keep the track from losing momentum while still leaving ample sonic space for the vocalists. This song hinges on its delicacy and strong melodies, and U.S. Elevator’s innovative approach captures both elements impressively. Listen to the track below.
Check out more from U.S. Elevator on their website.