Ally McAlpine

Ally’s free time is spent attempting to curate the perfect playlist for every occasion. After studying journalism and film in college she currently works as freelance writer outside of Washington D.C. and dreams of working on the next blockbuster film. Most of her joy comes from both traveling and getting new music or movie recommendations. Follow her on Twitter or visit her website.

Oct 202020
 
declan mckenna mccartney

Transport yourself to a rustic farm by listening to Declan McKenna’s lo-fi banjo cover of Paul and Linda McCartney’s Ram classic “Heart of the Country.” The English singer-songwriter’s version starts paired down to only his voice and a banjo, but gradually builds more harmonic layers with a funky bass line stays true to the original. The prominent banjo translates the swing of McCartney’s song well. Overlaid with the banjo, he sounds right as home and could give country singers a run for their money.

McKenna’s recently released album Zeros is a spaced-out glam-rock harmonic journey. And yet he retains a twang in both his indie style songs and in this cover. Even if you can’t visit any horse or sheep in the heart of the country right now, McKenna makes it a bit easier to imagine an autumnal adventure full of apple picking and hayrides this October.

Oct 192020
 
clairo the strokes

Clairo has been busy. Although the 22-year-old viral pop star has not released any official music since her 2019 album Immunity, she has been uploading covers and demos to Soundcloud. Her newest is a version of The Strokes’ “I’ll Try Anything Once” with Jake Passmore of the London-based indie band SCORS. Continue reading »

Oct 092020
 
Andrew VanWyngarden

MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden has shared a cover of Biff Rose’s “Never Mind” from a recording session in January 2015 with James Richardson, Josh da Costa, and engineering by Al Carlson. VanWyngarden’s cover turns Rose’s 1970 classic into something that sounds like an underground ’80s synth-pop treasure. The lyrics tell a sad story, but in a reassuring way; the cover is too dreamy to be melancholic. The replacement of piano with an orchestra of synths makes the song mellow, less bright, and more comforting. Both versions will surely cause foot-tapping, but where the original will incite dancing, the cover encourages swaying in the moonlight. Continue reading »

Oct 062020
 
first aid kit come give me love

First Aid Kit has made their fair share of appearances on Cover Me over the years. This time their beautiful cascading voices cover Ted Gärdestad’s “Come Give Me Love.” The band’s signature is bright 70s folk sounds, and “Come Give Me Love” is right up their alley. They covered the song in the original Swedish and English with their own version of the translated lyrics. Continue reading »

Sep 232020
 
matt belamy bridge over troubled water

Matt Bellamy, frontman of British rock band Muse, released a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’sBridge Over Troubled Water.” From the first strum, the most noticeable change in this abridged version is the replacement of the piano with guitar. Then the sounds of an organ gently come in like a wave pushing over the last third of the song. Although there are fewer instruments in the acoustic cover the overall feel is anything but simple. Bellamy’s distinctive voice causes the vocals to be prominent with bright falsettos and a powerful finishing vocal run. Continue reading »

Sep 222020
 
azure ryder dont start now

Azure Ryder’s debut appearance on Triple J’s Like A Version saw her performing a somber version of Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now.” The cover is another paired down version of summer hit pop song. But it’s clear the song holds meaning for the Australian artist who seamlessly transitions the song into her own indie-folk sound. Continue reading »