Attention guys out there: Lightouts have created the perfect cover song for your next crush mixtape. Lightouts re-create The La’s late ’80s/early ’90s sound that is ripe for the next great romantic indie soundtrack starring Zooey Deschanel. Be it real girl crush or movie crush, the bottom line is that there is some major pining going on in the somewhat obscure “I Am The Key,” and Lightouts wants to help you get the girl.
Like free stuff? Just kidding. You’re reading a music blog; of course you like free stuff. Well, if the daily MP3 trickle leaves you wanting, how about this: 27 new covers, free to download, in this one post. They come from two new online mixtapes.
Verb/Re/Verb is an indie blog run by a 15-year old from Los Angeles. Normally, her age would be irrelevant – that’s the beauty of the Internet, after all – except that it inspired her to curate a cover mixtape. YOUTH collects nine new covers by artists under 18. The set mixes songs by INXS and ‘N Sync, Sufjan Stevens and Loverboy. “Purple Rain” proves instantly recognizable, but “Get Down” is so whacked-out you could spend weeks listening and never guess the original artist (it’s the Backstreet Boys apparently). The set leans towards dubstep, with folkier breaks here and there.