Last year, Alanis Morissette’s monster album Jagged Little Pill celebrated its 20th birthday and, as happens on such occasions, got its own big box set. For an even better tribute, though, check out The Land Below’s new cover of one of the album’s hit single, “Hand in My Pocket.” Over low synth drones and a slow crescendo, Sweden’s Erik Lindestad sings the haunting melody at about half the speed of the original. For even those of us who were not Alanis fans the first time around, this cover is revelatory.
Once you’ve absorbed that, check out his other new cover, of Eagle Eye Cherry’s “Save Tonight.” It starts off in a similar, spaced-out vein, but ends up getting an actual beat. Still, the far-away vocals and epic build keep a certain dreaminess, even at a faster clip. After Louis Vivet’s dance cover last year, one more will make a trend of synthy Eagle Eye Cherry covers.
“I was born in the mid 80s so both songs were tracks that I listened to a lot growing up,” Lindestad tells us. “Especially the Jagged Little Pill album, borrowing it from my older sister. I love the music of the 90s, and I love doing covers, so these two came easy. The Alanis one was just me fooling around with the synths for two hours and then singing into an old microphone.”
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