Feeling like fall where you live? We’ve got a couple covers just for you. As the air turns colder with chai and pumpkin spice lattes gracing local coffee boards, try a little Joseph with your cuppa. Their new EP Stay Awake features two fantastic covers: “Moonlight Mile” originally by The Rolling Stones and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.
Both covers turn the tunes 180 degrees from the originals, which makes sense considering Joseph’s vibe: sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner singing tight harmonies and strumming easy guitars. In “Moonlight Mile,” the distinctive strings and piano are absent, with just a guitar accompanying the three voices. It still feels incredibly full due to the easy confidence of the women. Think a really indie, folksy version of ABBA. Here’s a live take, you can hear the EP version at Spotify.
Joseph’s cover of Tears for Fears starts out with more ooh’s and easy guitar. They’ve created a more relaxed version of a decidedly 80’s anthem. The cover feels very current, right down to the trio’s choice to add some lyrics of their own: “Make the most of freedom and pleasure / All I know is take care of each other / An open door a seat at the table is enough to go around”
On their website, they have wrote the following about the EP: “We’re so excited to share our new Stay Awake EP with you all! It’s a small collection of songs we put together to help ourselves deal with heaviness. We spent two days in the studio recording a couple of covers, a couple of new songs and a couple of old songs reimagined. It’s a bit of telling it like it is. It’s a bit of a ‘keep going’.”