English Singer-Songwriter Natasha Khan, better known by her stage name Bat For Lashes has done her fair share of cover songs in the past. The other night she dropped by Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show and reminded us all why we fell in love with her covers in the first place. Bat For Lashes covered the wildly popular Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ dance anthem “We Found Love.” A song that had almost slipped out of the cover song realm in the last few months. If you thought this song was haunting you before, wait till you hear Khan’s captivating cover.
Their CD isn’t exactly “new” anymore, so it’s been a while since we’ve heard a good Coldplay cover. That being said, Scottish singer/songwriter Emeli Sande simply couldn’t ignore the potential in the bands vast musical catalog. The word potential should be used delicately here, because Sande exceeds any preconceived idea of it. She recorded her own acoustic version of the bands “Every Teardrop is A Waterfall” with 1 microphone, in 1 take, in the Capitol recording studios.
If you grew up in the 90s you’ll remember Hanson as the blonde brothers topping the charts and winning the hearts of young women all over the world, and they sure aren’t ready to call it quits anytime soon. The boys stopped by the Fifi and Jules radio show in Australia last week to play some of their hits, (old and new), and they surprised listeners with an awesome Taylor Swift cover. The guys did an acoustic cover of Swift’s mega-hit “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together” that reminds us all why they stole our hearts so many years ago.
Former Disney star Miley Cyrus seems happy to be stepping out of her”child star” comfort zone recently with a string of mature cover songs. We heard from her a while back when she covered Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome” and now she’s back with her cover of the 1950 James Shelton classic “Lilac Wine.” The video is the first in a series of many “Backyard Session” videos that Cyrus and her band will be uploading on her new re-vamped website.
English Indie-Rockers The Vaccines are no stranger to the modern pop song. Last year they took on Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” and now they’re back with their cover of Taylor Swift’s new mega-hit “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The rockers hit the Live Lounge this week and transformed the cheesy sing-a-long into a rock n’ roll tune that might even be taken seriously by indie-lovers.
While there are no shortage of Lil’ Wayne covers out in the universe, there hasn’t been a solid “How to Love” cover released in some time now. Wait no longer cover fanatics, American experimental-pop duo School of Seven Bells has taken on the rappers auto-tuned ballad. It appears that Seven Bells’ lead singer Alejandra Deheza has exactly the delicate voice needed to breath some new life into the love song that explores a girls complicated relationship with learning “how to love.”
Regrettably, Joss Stone isn’t an artist we have seen a lot of thus far on Cover Me. This changes with her recent cover of the Broken Bells hit “The High Road,” which she covered for her soon-to-be released album The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2. Stone did more than just cover the song, she released a scenic lyric video that chronicles life on the open road. While Stone herself doesn’t appear in the video, it remains extremely entrancing in its ability to ad an honest and soulful vibe to the song that Stone set out to create.
Alt rockers Faith No More took on the amazingly successful Watch The Throne single “Niggas in Paris” at one of their recent live shows. While it might be challenging to turn a Jay-Z and Kanye West hit into a rock tune, especially at a live show, the audience seems to really enjoy how much fun lead singer Mike Patton seems to have giving the song a darker edge.