There is no arguing that Tame Impala‘s Currents is one of the best albums to land in 2015. As if you needed further convincing of the album’s influence, sister trio Haim covered the standout “Cause I’m A Man,” like champs.
I’m not sure there were more great cover songs this year than any other. But there were more good ones.
What I mean by that is, the average quality of the covers we come across in the time we’ve been around has risen, rather dramatically. Whether they’re iTunes homepage singles or some guy emailing us his Bandcamp, more cover songs in 2013 avoid the old pitfalls than ever before. They don’t sound like they were recorded in a cereal box, substitute ear-bleeding volume for actual creativity, or – the worst cover sin of all – try to carbon-copying the original. With the ease of production and distribution available now, artists seemed to record covers only when they felt they had something to add, and do a halfway decent job committing those ideas to 1s and 0s.
Unless you have been hiding under a proverbial Internet rock, you have seen Miley Cyrus‘s video for “Wrecking Ball” (or at least this disturbingly awesome Nic Cage spoof). She has been the center of mostly negative attention from the media, but behind all the tongue-sticking-out and pasties, there is a pretty good artist. Unstoppable sisters Haim proved this with their rendition of Cyrus’s latest single.
In terms of female vocal-led groups that are breaking new ground and making a name for themselves, Haim and CHVRCHES have both had quite a year, which is why the idea of one of these bands covering the other doesn’t seem like a huge stretch. Both ooze indie pop goodness, both have released music to critical and popular acclaim and both have their debut albums coming out this September. So if there is one band that would come to mind to cover Haim’s “Falling,” CHVRCHES would probably be it.