When last we heard from Alyson Greenfield, she was using her glockenspiel to record one of the best covers EPs of 2011. Now she’s finally back with a new cover, and while there’s no glockenspiel, there is a plethora of other unlikely instruments: omnichord, casiotone, and chord organ. She’s also left behind the hip-hop sources on that first EP, instead taking on the Cranberries deep cut “Dreaming My Dreams” (not to be confused with the ‘berries similarly-titled megahit “Dreams”). The swirling textures of her oddball keyboard arsenal bring an appropriately dreamy backing to the lilting melody.
Despite being revered by musicians of all stripes, Patti Smith songs don’t get covered as often as they should. So it’s a treat any time one comes across our desk – especially when it’s one as good as herMajesty’s new take on “Dancing Barefoot,” premiering below. Like Galaxie 500 meets The Doors, the cover’s dreamy swirl is punctuated by some serious throwback ’60s organ.
It’s hard to believe given their 2000s-era upbiquity, but it’s been six years since the last Black Eyed Peas album (ironically called The Beginning). That doesn’t mean their many massive hits have stopped attracting listeners though, or new covers. The latest winning Peas cover comes from Roses & Revolutions, a Rochester duo who have toured with the likes of The Head and the Heart and Ingrid Michaelson.
They duo breaks down the Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” to its core components for a slow and haunting cover. The new slow-burn crescendoes make the lines about how awesome tonight’s gonna be sound like dark foreshadowing (this could easily be one of those ominous covers that keep appearing in trailers for horror movies).
Back in 2012, when news of Whitney Houston‘s death came out, there was a massive outpouring of love for her work. Her legendary career and persona had an effect on music fans of all ages and backgrounds. There were tributes, vigils, and in at least one case, an impromptu dance party.
Justin Keller, the artist behind the band Land of Leland, recently recorded his version of Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” but the story behind the song goes all the way back to the day the news of Houston’s death broke.
North Carolina singer-songwriter Jane Kramer says her new album Carnival of Hopes is about facing down inner demons while still clinging to “that tiny chirping of light in your bones that somehow keeps you tethered to keeping on.” And if that sounds like the sort of perseverance Tom Petty writes about, well that might not be a coincidence. The only cover on the album is a relatively obscure Petty track, “Down South” off his underrated 2006 solo album Highway Companion.
Remixes have a long history in the world of electronic music, the favored way there for and artist to reinterpret another’s work. As a result though, the abundance of EDM remixes leads to a dearth of EDM covers. That remix/cover divide is starting to break down though, most notable by superstar dance producer Avicii, who has recently recorded covers of Antony and the Johnsons and Nina Simone. And now we have another dance music cover we’re proud to premiere, by The Adversary.