Aug 152022
 
Cassyette As It Was

On her recent appearance on the BBC Radio 1 show Future Sounds, English singer-songwriter Cassyette performed three tracks: her singles “Sad Girl Summer” and “Mayhem,” plus a cover of Harry Styles’ recent hit “As It Was.”

While the original is bright and boppy AM rock, Cassyette incorporates a tense cello bassline, with choppy violins contributing to an uneasy feel to this track. Her vocal is strong and clear through the main chorus, as the violins join in with the sense of lament and dread. It’s certainly a great way to flip an original on its head. I do hope it finds its way onto streaming services soon. Continue reading »

Aug 122022
 

Some covers are more equal than others. Good, Better, Best looks at three covers and decides who takes home the gold, the silver, and the bronze.

Batman

All together now:

Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh

Come on, you know the words!

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Aug 122022
 
kasey chambers lose yourself cover

“Lose Yourself,” Eminem’s single from his movie 8 Mile, was his first ever US #1 hit (and Diamond single) and, along with the movie, catapulted him to super-stardom. It was absolutely everywhere when it came out, but there are only a few dozen covers of the track. That’s likely because the song is both so tied up with Eminem’s own personal story and because some of the lyrics are literally about the plot of the movie. Continue reading »

Aug 112022
 
kate bush metallica

Since the fourth season of Stranger Things premiered back in May, Kate Bush’s 1985 single “Running Up that Hill” has been absolutely everywhere in North America. And it’s not going anywhere. Billboard currently has this 35-year-old song as the #5 song in their “Songs of the Summer” rankings and no, I did not make that up. After numerous faithful covers of “Running Up That Hill” since young people realized it was a song that existed, we’ve now entered the gimmick phase of the rediscovery of this song (that was already really famous in the UK,). I, for one, am pretty happy about this. Continue reading »

Aug 102022
 
covers post malone

Post Malone’s making waves across the pop-country spectrum this week, covering and getting covered by two country-music icons. Most recently, Sheryl Crow released a cover of his 2019 hit “Circles.” It’s far from the first country take on the song – Billy Strings’ version landed on our Best Covers of 2020 list – but this one sounds like it could actually be a country music radio hit circa 1994. Crow says it has a “fun summer vibe,” adding on Twitter, “I’m such a fan of Post Malone’s songwriting.” Continue reading »

Aug 082022
 
glaive death cab

Glaive (aka Ash Blue Gutierrez) is a singer-songwriter, producer, and rapper who is currently signed to Interscope Records. His cover of Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” recorded for Spotify Singles, brings distinct dissonances, subtle rhythmic variations, and vibrant harmonies. But the truth of the matter is that the dark nature of “I Will Follow You…” has always pulled at heartstrings. The lyrics focus heavily on death’s presence in our lives. And Glaive has pulled this one off with some real finesse. Continue reading »