Oct 062010

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This past Friday, Brooklyn’s Mobius Band announced that after over a decade of recording and touring, the group was splitting up. For cover lovers, this is terrible news. On Valentine’s Days ’08 and ’09 the band released two free love-song cover EPs on their website. Though they skipped this year (perhaps because things were already on the fritz), we were hoping a new offering would come on V-Day 2011. It seems that’s not to be.

So instead, we use the occasion to revisit their two prior EPs. The band irreverently squeezes artists old and new into their indie pop mold, treating love songs by Townes Van Zandt and Kanye West with equal care. The 2008 EP Love Will Reign Supreme transitions straight from Bob Dylan (“I’ll Keep It with Mine”) to Daft Punk (“Digital Love”). Empire of Love, released one year later, gives the Dixie Chicks’ “Lullaby” a haze-pop sheen and adds xylophone to TV on the Radio’s “Satellite.”

To give you an idea, we’ve got their covers of Kanye, the Chicks, Dylan, and Daft Punk below. The full sets are still up on their website. Click the titles to download them in their entirety: Empire of Love and Love Will Reign Supreme.

MP3: Mobius Band – Say You Will (Kanye West cover)
MP3: Mobius Band – Lullaby (Dixie Chicks cover)
MP3: Mobius Band – I’ll Keep It with Mine (Bob Dylan cover)
MP3: Mobius Band – Digital Love (Daft Punk cover)

Empire of Love Tracklist:
1. Say You Will (Kanye West)
2. Love Hurts (Everly Brothers)
3. Lullaby (Dixie Chicks)
4. Satellite (TV on the Radio)
5. At My Window (Townes Van Zandt)
6. You Don’t Know How it Feels (Tom Petty)

Love Will Reign Supreme Tracklist:
1. Razor Love (Neil Young)
2. Baby We’ll Be Fine (The National)
3. True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston)
4. In A Green Cotton Sweater (Casiotone For The Painfully Alone)
5. I’ll Keep It With Mine (Bob Dylan)
6. Digital Love (Daft Punk)

Check out more Mobius Band (R.I.P.) on their website or MySpace.

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