Nada Surf fans may already be familiar with the bands’ tendency to cover songs. In 2010 they released a covers-only album titled If I Had a Hi-Fi, which aside from being an impressive palindrome, paid tribute to its influences. They covered material by Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Spoon, among others, managing to acknowledge the original artists while maintaining their own style. For A.V. Undercover, Nada Surf performed New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” and while there’s no suggestion that New Order are an influence, Nada Surf certainly played the popular song with a sense of reverence.
Earlier this month, we posted Destroyer covering New Order on a new MOJO magazine tribute album. It included 30-second snippets from a dozen other New Order covers. Now you can hear some of those other covers in full, from the likes of Fujiya & Miyagi, the Golden Filter, Errors, S.C.U.M., and Zombie Zombie.
New Order’s 1983 seminal album Power, Corruption & Lies has been re-imagined by thirteen separate artists, as featured in the newest issue of Mojo. Included in the list is Destroyer, covering “Leave Me Alone.” The track is available now, along with snippets from others by the likes of Fujiya & Miyagi, the Golden Filter, and Errors.
Two free new cover EPs to direct you to today. The first comes from Roberts & Lord, a duo that met by trolling Myspace. Ex-Simian singer Simon Lord (the voice of that “We Are You Friends” song) stumbled across California producer Rafter Roberts while looking for a collaborator online and they decided to work together. The electronic experimenters soon found themselves a home on Asthmatic Kitty – aka Sufjan Stevens’ record label – and released full-lengthy debut Eponymous and this free COVERS EP. Download two tracks below (including a must-hear “Because”), then grab the full thing here.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Something of a dreamy electronic feel in today’s bunch. Hazy beats and watery synth burble along under most of these tracks in the service of what is, in several cases, really a folk aesthetic underneath. As the temperatures rise, these sounds soundtrack those moments sitting under the sun in a half-awake daze when it’s too hot to move. Well, except for the Tom Waits cover, which is a different approach from a familiar name.
For those of you who lived through and actually remember the ’80s, you will recall New Order as the ultimate soundtrack to the most messed up nights of your life. You know, a drink or four, spinning around on a dancefloor, and then passing out in the parking lot, all to the tune of “Bizarre Love Triangle.” Those were, apparently, the days.