Mark Kozelek is no stranger to finding the gourmet meal in what others might consider fast food. A prolific songwriter whose own tunes have gotten progressively less melodic and lyrics have gotten more and more literal, Kozelek has not lost his touch in turning rock songs into acoustic vignettes. Here, he takes the Huey Lewis and the News 1985 pop rock song “The Power of Love” and, with the help of singer/violinist Petra Haden, he finds the beauty at its core.
Kozelek’s deft fingerpicked guitar backs his straightforward vocal delivery, but the song really takes off when Haden joins. Her backing vocals are gorgeous and play nicely against Kozelek’s. Together they create a contemplative narrative about love that stands apart from the original. Stream it below and look for more from this duo later this year. via Stereogum