Fred Again (aka “Fred) is a British producer/ DJ/ multi-instrumentalist. And recently the Canadian rock group Half Moon Run decided to go at the producer’s upbeat synth tune “adore u.” The way the quartet layered their sounds recreated the energetic nature of the original, while all of the percussion added a new charm. In this rendition, you hear shaker, pure vocals, drum kits, synthy keys, and even a string quartet. Watching this live version of their cover is especially satisfying, as you can watch this group of multi-instrumentalists play multiple instruments at once.
Did you know that Avenged Sevenfold releases a Misfits tune every year? As the rockers video description puts it, “It’s that time of year where Zacky, Johnny, and Brooks transform into fiends to bring you a new take on a classic Misfits song. Enjoy?”
Pendulum is an Austrian electronic rock band, and lately, they’ve been mixing it up a little. This version of Taylor Swift’s hit “Anti-Hero” has vocals that are a bit Bastille-y, percussion reminiscent of traditional drum&bass, and tight-knit guitars. Put it all together, and it is safe to say that this is not your average pop cover of TSwift.
Lauv aka. Ari Staprans Leff is a San Francisco pop artist who took the internet by storm with his 2015 release “I Like Me Better.” He’s been gaining more and more traction ever since, and recently cooked up a version of a Miley Cyrus song “Used to Be Young” for the BBC Live Lounge.
Previewing his new album Something to Give Each Other, Troye Sivan recently performed in the BBC Radio 1 Lounge. Along with his own song “Rush,” he did a stripped-down cover of Billie Eilish’s Barbie soundtrack song “What Was I Made For.”
Ruston Kelly is a singer-songwriter who creates Americana, pop-rock, and alt-country tunes- but he recently traded his twang for a much rounder vocal timbre in this version of Samia’s song “Dream Song.”
The original version of “Dream Song” is like a dark lullaby, with macabre lyrics such as “tripping over spanish moss again, today is all of it, there are six minutes of brain activity, after the body’s dead.” Kelly kept the same emotive quality of the song in his version but changed the instrumentation and momentum slightly.