If you are a longtime listener of Cover Me with a photographic memory, you may recall our feature on acclaimed band The Morning Benders and their outrageously sweet Bedroom Covers Collection from back in 2011. The band have since changed their name to POP ETC, but their rapturous love for classic pop remains intact.
Their latest release, the career-spanning Covers Collection 2007-2019 features a staggering 21 songs (including a few of the old Bedroom Covers) and covers tracks from a wide range of artists including The Ronettes, The Strokes and Fleetwood Mac. The band’s main man Chris Chu says: “Ever since I started making music, I’ve loved covering songs. Aside from the sheer joy of it, it was a way for for me to study songwriting and practice my home recording skills. Listening back to them now, I’m reminded of just how enjoyable it is to cover a great song, how much these songs mean to me, and how much I’ve learned from these amazing songwriters and bands.”
Chu’s heartfelt adoration for the songs in this collection is clear. He renders most in a barebones style that aches with sitting-by-the-campfire delicacy. One of the highlights is an exquisite version of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Strange Magic” which retains all the lustrous melody of the original, but strips out the swirling strings and replaces them with a memorably percussive guitar riff.
Another featured track on the collection, the aforementioned Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” appears on the new soundtrack of HBO’s Big Little Lies. You can check that out plus a ton more of POP ETC’s sweet cover action below.