The best part of The AV Club Undercover series, aside from the fact that it deals solely in covers, is how the artists that take part in the series more often than not dabble in genres that they are not exactly known for. Take Nashville’s Night Beds, for example. The ethereal, alt-rock-country band just took on synth pop dance-queen Robyn‘s “Dancing On My Own.” The two styles of music are more in line than you’d think.
Though they may not have the universal name recognitions of Carly Rae Jepsen, for certain contingents of indie hipsters and punk brawlers alike, Japandroids released the song of the summer with “The House That Heaven Built.” The fist-pump-along anthem inspired many a beer raised high and that wall-of-rock power would be hard to top. So Beat Radio’s Brian Sendrowitz takes things in the opposite direction, stripping all bombast away for a folkie campfire strum.
Lead singer Katie Stelmanis of Austra tweeted that “Melbourne is like a Bizarro World Toronto” when they were down under for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version.’ When she used the term, she meant it to describe the eerie amount of similarities the two cities have. If we were to describe their recent cover of Robyn‘s “None of Dem” with the same term, we would mean it in the original geeky DC-Comics way.
You might not be familiar with UK singer-songwriter Stella Le Page, but she sure is familiar with some of your favorite artists. Her musical resume includes skills on the piano, keyboard and cello, as well as her former position as synth player for Primary 1 and cello player for Plan B. She hasn’t released a CD yet now that she’s broken out on her own, but she was kind enough to deliver an extremely well done cover song EP titled Home Covers. The EP includes 8 full length songs, including covers of pop superstars Robyn and Lady Gaga, as well as indie-alternatives like James Blake and Little Dragon.
You may remember that back in September we posted an interview with “Fleet Foxes.” That’s “Fleet Foxes” in quotes, since it wasn’t actually Fleet Foxes, but a guy who covered pop songs in the harmony-acoustic style of Fleet Foxes, and did so damn well. Since then, the imposter known as Fleet Foxes Sing has gotten more press, from the likes of New York Magazine and BlackBook (who claims our interview blew the lid on the farce, though it wasn’t exactly a secret).