Aleah Fitzwater

Aleah Fitzwater is a rogue classical musician from Bedford, MI (a rural town between the cities of Detroit and Toledo). At a young age, she found herself taken by woodwind instruments- particularly, the flute. She continued her musical exploration at the University of Toledo where she received a bachelor's in instrumental music education. She currently works as a freelance music writer and recording artist and also runs two Etsy shops. When she’s not working, she’s probably playing with her Yorkie (Presto) or rearranging a song for a ridiculously large flute choir. Follow her at https://aleahfitzwater.com for more blog content, or https://www.instagram.com/aleahflute to hear classical spins on popular songs.

Jul 212022
 
beabadoobee strokes

22-year-old buzzy indie singer Beabadoobee picked a real deep Strokes cut to cover: “The Adults are Talking.” The original comes from the band’s 2020 album The New Abnormal, and her cover from her Antitode live session and is included on her a deluxe version of her newest album Beatopia.

The way the fingerpicked guitar section is mixed in this one gives us acoustic Radiohead vibes. On the other hand, the plaintive vocals reveal the lyrics in a new, clear way. As a whole, this cover reminds us of a high school girl singing on her bed, contemplating life.  While Beabadoobee doesn’t reinvent the wheel here with her arrangement or musical texture,  maybe she doesn’t need to.

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Jul 122022
 
the stroke clairo

The Strokes surprised audiences with their live cover of Clario’s “Sofia” in their show at the NOS Alive festival, mixed in with a bit of Harry Styles’ “As It Was.” Many people have said that “Sofia” sounds like The Strokes (Clario has been a long-time fan of the band, so the Strokes cover was a sort of a nod back to Clario, who had to cancel their performance at the same festival.

But you might this cover to sound more, well, like The Strokes. Lead singer Julian Casablancas added a lot of autotune and reverb to this one. While the original “Sofia” has a good dose of vocal effects, they really took the FX to the next level. Arguably, far past the point of seriousness; we can’t even understand what he’s saying. The band starts off with an exposed drumkit and crazy vocal effects right off the bat in “Sofia”. They stay true to the bass line and running-eight-note guitar line. Halfway through the tune, they transition seamlessly into “As It Was.”

What do you think of the stylistic choice of this mashup? Let us know in the comments.

Jul 062022
 
george perris my future

George Perris is a Greek-French singer-songwriter who speaks (and sings) fluently in many languages including English, French, Spanish, and Greek. His latest cover of a Billie Eilish song, “My Future” feels jazzy in almost a Michael Buble or Josh Groban sort of way. And while we’re not sure that many alt-pop fans can get behind it, if you like modern jazz-pop ballads, you’re in for a luscious tune. Continue reading »

Jun 282022
 
chels

CHELS is a dynamic singer that you probably haven’t heard of – yet. Promoting her debut single “The Puppet,” she also performed a stellar live cover of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” on Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2. 

Singer Chelsea Hegener uses her instrument with great skill, rich, melancholy, and complex. As she makes her way towards the end of the chorus before the B section, her accompanying guitarist peppers in a bit of lower harmony. This is when my heart start to melt. As a whole, the strummed guitar has a lively and warm timbre which, in brief moments is contrasted by a bit of intricate picking. This accompaniment was the perfect blank page for the main vocalist to paint all over. Watch it below.

Check out our recent list of The Best Radiohead Covers Ever.

Jun 232022
 
pomplamoose such great heights

Pomplamoose is a duo consisting of multi-instrumentalists Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn. They are a husband and wife duo pair are veterans at putting pop songs into indie, funk, and jazz genres. Their latest, a funk cover of The Postal Service’s top hit “Such Great Heights,” comes recorded with Conte’s other group Scary Pockets. While Nataly takes over the soft vocals, Jack nabs the keys. The couple has invited other musical guests, including Panic! At the Disco’s bassist Nicole Row, to join them, along with Ryan James Carr (drums), Jude Smith (guitar), and Ryan Lerman (guitar). Continue reading »

Jun 162022
 
nico georis

Nico Georis is an experimental singer-songwriter and composer from California who has covered avante-garde/ minimalist composer Terry Riley on his new LP, named after the piece in question: A Rainbow in Curved Air. The full album doesn’t come out until July 29, but he has released a small taste of the cover on his Youtube channel. Continue reading »