If ever there was a time to cover Weezer, now seems like one of the best since 1994 when they released their eponymous debut (aka the “Blue Album”). In January, Weezer capped off a wacky, Toto-filled 2018 with their Teal Album of cover songs. They’re certainly in the zeitgeist right now, so it seems like an excellent time to quickly slap together a tribute to one of their radio-saturating hits. Steady Holiday, however, went with a deeper cut.
Steady Holiday, the solo project of Dre Babinski, picked “Holiday” off the Blue Album (presumably due to the name similarity). There are really no deep cuts when it comes to either of Weezer’s first two albums, but “Holiday” is certainly one of the less heralded. The original has almost a Beach Boys or Beatles-inspired sound, but Babinski strips all of that away. She pairs her reverb-drenched voice with a ceaseless bassline and simple click of percussion. Pianos and synths ebb and flow throughout, surging like the sea “in a strange and distant land.” Babinski’s voice is equally haunting and lifting, made even more so by the harmonies that enter throughout the song. This version is immediately identifiable but altogether a different sound than the original and suited for late nights on a chill holiday. Listen below.
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