Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• Frequent cover champ Benjamin Francis Leftwich takes a giant leap away from the singer-songwriter source material he often gravitates towards, bringing his echoing vocals and distant guitar to M83’s “Midnight City.” He also covers INXS and Frightened Rabbit, which you can download on his website.
MP3: Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Midnight City (M83 cover)
• When we last heard from Capital Cities, they were mixing Pink Floyd with a side of Tupac. On their latest cover, they stick to one artist but include the unexpected, turning Prince/Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” into a monster party anthem.
MP3: Capital Cities – Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O’Connor cover)
• Christian Rawk (look past the name) described their free Youth Music Revisited EP as “a radical reinterpretation of 6 classic punk songs featuring vibraphones, upright bass, and completely re-imagined melodies.” Sold.
MP3: Christian Rawk – Olympia (Rancid cover)
• Another vowel-avoiding band (see: MGMT, SBTRKT, MSMR), UC Santa Cruz student/producer GRMLN brings a dark lo-wave romanticism to soundtrack the death of summer.
MP3: GRMLN – Stand By Me (Ben E. King cover)
• Blessed Feathers’ Donivan Berube says, “‘The Porcelain” cover came about quite naturally, as Peter [Wolf Crier] utterly worships John Frusciante, more for his solo albums than his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Porcelain is a stunning and beautiful under-the-radar track from their Californication days. I’m not entirely sure what exactly it’s about, but I’ve heard a lot of things: miscarriage, abortion, love, death.”
MP3: Blessed Feathers & Peter Wolf Crier – Porcelain (Red Hot Chili Peppers cover)
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