Ahead of the new Bob Marley biopic, Bob Marley: One Love, neo-soul prodigy Leon Bridges has contributed a version of one of Marley’s most iconic tracks, “Redemption Song,” to the film’s accompanying EP, featuring contemporary artists covering the reggae legend’s biggest hits.
This week Australian ABC’s Like a Version gave us Aussie Rocker G Flip covering Taylor Swift’s track “Cruel Summer,” while US country star Teddy Swims took on the trending song in the UK’s BBC Live Lounge. Both the Live Lounge and Like a Version are staples of this website in terms of providing covers for us to talk about, but it’s rare that we get two different artists covering the same song in the same time period.
All of the trademark boygenius sounds are here. Soaring harmonies, gentle finger-picked guitars, and a melodic mandolin. Each of the band members’ individual voices—that’s Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus—are highlighted to devastating effect, adding a sense of yearning and deep reflection to the track.
Check out the cover below.
The cover itself is pretty straight forward, with little stylistically changed from the original, but this does really highlight the power of frontwoman Michelle Zauner’s voice. The Beatles’ style harmonies from the original are retained, but take on an almost dreamlike quality with Zauner and her keyboardist’s voices mixing in the open air of the hall. I for one will be hoping that a studio recording of this appears soon, or at the very least a live album quality recording.
Check out the cover here (starts at 1:07:04):
To honor music legend Sheryl Crow‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, indie rock darling Soccer Mommy has released a cover of Crow’s 2002 hit, ‘Soak Up the Sun’. “[Crow] has so many songs that are these massive hits” Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison told the New York Times, “that, at least for someone my age, you can’t have grown up and not heard those songs.”
And now younger generations will be able to experience the chilled out classiness of this track. Soccer Mommy’s trademark shoegazey lo-fi sound is ever-present here, transitioning the track from a bouncy summer party song into a more mellow, summer picnic in the park vibe. Bring on those long summer evenings with this track.
At a recent show in Gothenburg, Sweden, English pop superstars Coldplay led the crowd in a rousing rendition of the Backstreet Boys’ 1997 hit, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” Played during the last quarter of their set, between an acoustic version of “In my Place” and the track “Humankind” from their most recent album, lead singer Chris Martin begins by playing around on the piano to arrive at the iconic melody line.