Feb 092018
 
nick drake covers mojo

Once or twice a year, Britain’s great music magazine Mojo will curate a tribute album to accompany an issue. The latest issue features Nick Drake on the cover, for what would have been his 70th birthday this year, and a CD featuring new covers by younger folk and indie admirers.

Many of the songs follow Drake’s quieter templates, like Joan Shelley’s gorgeous “Time Has Told Me.” Others veer further afield, like a version of “River Man” by Field Music that lurches in stops and starts with a hint of krautrock. Or “Fruit Tree” by The Saxophones, which features periodic blasts from their titular instrument. Continue reading »

Aug 022011
 

Vashti Bunyan has seen something of a popular resurgence in the past few years. The late-‘60s songwriter released a grand total of one album, in 1970, then left music after it failed to reach an audience. Fast-forward thirty years. The out-of-print album became a cult favorite, selling on eBay for thousands of dollars and prompting a comeback. In the past few years alone, Mates of State, Ben Gibbard and Feist, and Fever Ray have all released high-profile covers of her songs. Continue reading »