It’s hard to debate that Frank Ocean was the breakout artist of 2012, and, though there haven’t been a shortage of them, there haven’t been quite as many covers as one might expect of the stellar “Thinkin Bout You.” Luckily, AV Undercover has provided with a beautiful new one by ZZ Ward. Ward and her band bring a coffeeshop feel that fits the song perfectly, despite the downbeat, synthy electronica of the original, and her vocals are a fantastic match for Ocean’s undeniably unique cadences. Enjoy.
The dance-infused Neo-New Wave trend of the early 2000s just might be back for round two. Manchester dance rockers Swiss Lips, whose debut album drops in April, make Frank Ocean‘s “Lost” a bold new song ready for the dance floor.
Frank Ocean‘s “Thinking Bout You” has a way of getting to you. Halfway through the track, as the cycle of verse-chorus-verse repeats yet again, the spacey song becomes something more than the sum of its parts. Ocean’s falsetto “I’ve been thinking bout forever” is brimming with emotional depth, giving the song a heaviness that rarely finds its way to today’s pop charts.
Divine Fits – the Supergroup comprised of Spoon‘s Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner, and New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown – has been exceptionally busy since its inception in early 2012. Currently touring for their debut album A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge), the band has snuck several covers into their live sets. During a show in Rhode Island, the band did their own rendition of Frank Ocean‘s “Lost.”
With the combination of his poetic coming-out tumblr post and the release of his debut album channel ORANGE, Odd Future member Frank Ocean has been on nearly everybody’s radar. The New Orleans native, who has written for the likes of Beyonce and Justin Bieber, has been touring in support of his debut and has treated his fans with a rendition of one of his favorite songs, Prince‘s “When You Were Mine.”
There is a definite safety in covering top 40 pop songs these days, and it becomes pretty obvious when scanning through the endless Gaga, Britney and Rihanna covers. However, this doesn’t always mean that the cover artist has to play it safe. In the case of singer-songwriter Sarah Winters‘ Find Restless Cover EP, audiences are lucky enough to get some refreshing covers of Kanye West‘s endlessly covered hit “Runaway,” Rihanna‘s risque “S&M,” as well as covers of Usher and Frank Ocean.
British DJ and singer-songwriter Yasmin might just be kicking off her musical career, but her cover of Frank Ocean’s “American Wedding” makes her sound like a seasoned veteran. She covers the song with a soft effortless charm that makes you almost angry that she’s been hiding such talent for so long. Her debut album’s set to be released this year, and her upcoming single “Light Up (The World),” featuring Ms. Dynamite, will be released on the 15th of January. It might seem like an easy choice for her, to cover an original song by another up and coming star Frank Ocean, but the song also features a sample from the classic Eagles song “Hotel California.” No pressure or anything…