May 272011

This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

After last week’s ten-track bonanza, we tried to keep things reasonable this week. It was tough though. The five tracks below take on sources both buzz-worthy (new Death Cab!) and obscure (1983 Eddie Jobson and the Zincs track). No two take a remotely similar approach, making this one of the most diverse sets we’ve had so far.

Kneale Brown’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” doesn’t break much new ground, but this slow country rocker benefits from an Alabama accent and a light touch.

Our first cover of a new Death Cab for Cutie song adds electronics and a vaguely Scottish brogue (despite the fact the band is from Denton) to the Code and Keys cut. We can’t find any information about Hands(s), but they also put up a version of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” this week that might be even better.

The bass on Merveilleuse’s Smashing Pumpkins cover may blow out your speakers – and it’s not even a dance track. Instead, the gristly low notes plod pensively while Merveilleuse’s beautiful vocals hover overtop, undisturbed by the skull-rattling noise beneath.

This Ain’t Vegas’ website named them “Sunderland’s Biggest Sound,” but they didn’t really last long enough to be anywhere’s biggest anything. A shame, since this beautiful folksy reinvention of their indie-rock hooks reveals the band to be excellent songwriters. You may not know the original, but you owe it to yourself to listen to this cover.

Though hardly a household name, Eddie Jobson boasts a formidable resume. The violinist’s career has found him playing with Roxy Music, Jethro Tull and Frank Zappa (that’s him on the cover of Zoot Allures). His 1983 track “Easy for You to Say” is dated as hell – and so is this cover. Where the synths brand the original as ‘80s cheeze, though, Dreaming in Stereo’s version sounds more like Fairport Convention circa 1969.

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