It seems that every website and their mom now has some sort of cover series. Vevo’s take, “Unexpected Covers,” has launched with some pretty fantastic covers, most notably Passion Pit lead singer Michael Angelakos recent take on fun.‘s “Carry On.”
Based out of a cabin in Goshen, VT, roots-rockers Chamberlin are undertaking a new project that will eventually lead to an EP of covers, and with the help of a few prize-providing sponsors they’ve turned the process of song selection into a contest for their fans. On the website devoted to the contest, fans are invited to pick four songs (out of eight choices) to be recorded in the band’s unique style for the EP. The choices skew towards the Indie rock scene, with songs by Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Neon Indian, and Peter Bjorn and John, as well as Kanye West and Bon Iver’s “Lost in The World” and Foster The People’s summer hit “Pumped Up Kicks.” Simply voting in the contest wins you a digital copy of the finished EP and a download of the band’s current single, which definitely seems worth the twenty seconds it takes to participate.
Last week we heard Tokyo Police Club launch their “10 Songs, 10 Days, 10 Hours, 10 Years” covers series with their take on Moby’s “Southside.” Well it’s been four more days since, and that means four more covers. Each song comes from a year from 2002 through 2005, with the series continuing through this weekend. Several also feature guests, including Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos and Michael Jackson almost-guitarist Orianthi.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
For no apparent reason that we can figure out, Bandcamp exploded with covers this week. Eyeballing the selection, there seem to be almost three times as many new covers posted as in weeks past. Or maybe artists are just catching on that tagging your track “cover” makes it easy for us to find. Take note!
As a result, our five favorites this week are among our five favorites of this entire series. Granted, it’s only three weeks old. This week, in fact, we had so many contenders we tacked on three bonus covers at the end. Download all eight below.
Touring last year with Welsh trio The Joy Formidable, Passion Pit took the U.S. by storm with their in-your-face, electronic falsetto. Every song on their 2009 debut album Manners is dance-worthy and still worth listening to through 2010. The Joy Formidable created some buzz of their own with their indie, grunge sound that's slowly making its way over from the U.K. They've toured with Paul McCartney and the Temper Trap as well, but Passion Pit made the biggest impression.