Sufjan Stevens returned last year out of the blue with two new releases. One was the standard orchestral, grandiose indie folk he’s become known for over the years, and the other, The Age of Adz, was a surprisingly electronic exploration. One of the better tracks on that album was the dubstep-influenced “I Walked.” It’s one of the most minimal songs Sufjan has done outside of his piano ballads, with a mechanical-sounding beat driving it forward, and dark, brooding synthesizers fading in while his reverb soaked voice croons the lovesick lyrics.
Liz Janes has been a staple at iconic indie label Asthmatic Kitty for a while now, crafting beautiful indie melodies influenced by ages past. It seems only appropriate, then, that her songs should get a tribute album from her contemporaries, including several labelmates.
Some artists on Time & Space keep Liz Janes’ songs in familiar territory and others venture so far away you would never even know it was originally her song. The covers range from trippy electronica (Son Lux’s cover of “Desert,” which you can download below), to simple beauty (My Brightest Diamond taking on “Bitty Thing”), to face melting noise (Arrington de Dionyso on “Poison and Snakes”). Check out the tracklist below and go here to listen to the whole thing.
Cover News is a weekly feature keeping you up to date on the goings-on in the world of cover tunes, tribute albums, etc. Plus, at the bottom we post the array of cover tunes we’ve been sent in the past week. Have you recorded a cool cover? Send an mp3 to the email address on the right and we’ll post it!
This Week’s News
This just in: The Broken Chimneys covered Bruce Springsteen’s early “For You” for us. Vintage word-vomit romance from the Boss. [Cover Me]
I’ve spilled plenty of words on this blog discussing Peter Gabriel’s new covers album, not least because of the promise of a reciprocal covers-of-Peter album. Well the first hint at that is in, courtesy of Stephen Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) covering “Not One Of Us” from Gabriel’s 1980 self-titled disc. [Peter Gabriel]
Phoenix cover Bob Dylan’s epic “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” for French radio. So how is it only four minutes long? [Pitchfork]
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings join Michael Buble tonight on Saturday Night Live to tackle “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes).” But you say he’s just a friend, but you say…sorry, wrong song. [Brooklyn Vegan]
Live covers #1: Of Montreal cover the Jackson 5 with Solange Knowles (Beyoncé’s sister). [Dylan, Etc.]
Live cover #2: Cold War Kids slow-burn through Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long As I Can See the Light.” [Dylan, Etc.]
So many incredible new Neil Young covers last night by Wilco (“Broken Arrow”), Norah Jones (“Tell Me Why”), John Mellencamp (“Down By the River”), Red Hot Chili Peppers (“A Man Need a Maid”!) and more. PLEASE tell me someone recorded this. [SPIN]
The Silent League’s latest indie-orchestral wonder AutoTunes (tastefully) an ELO throwback. [Examiner]
This Week’s Submissions
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