LA Duo DWNTWN, consisting of Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda, has been pumping out consistent and original electro-pop tunes online for just about a year now. If you scan through their YouTube account you’ll see remixes of some of the biggest tunes in the last year. While remixes are fun, they aren’t nearly as exciting as a good cover. It seems like this duo may have figured that out just in time to deliver the perfect synth pop cover of Angus & Julia Stone‘s huge hit “Big Jet Plane.”
At some point while no one was looking, Nick Cave’s “The Ship Song” became Australia’s unofficial national anthem (sorry, “Waltzing Matilda”). In January, we heard Amanda Palmer cover it to represent the country on her Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under album, and now a cultural landmark no less than the Sydney Opera House has commissioned an all-star performance of it. Aussie musicians young and old collaborate on a beautifully-filmed performance that goes from one artist to the next in a seamless medley.