We at Cover Me get excited when a musician finds a genre twist that transforms a cover song’s meaning. Previously, we mentioned Laurence Collyer as the one-man-band member of The Diamond Family Archive who excels in doing just that. This Brighton-based musician takes generally upbeat pop songs and twists them into sad and lonely little folk and acoustic numbers. In his latest set, Collyer was kind enough to indulge us with an exclusive EP of outtakes from his brilliant 2009 cover album, The Wanderer. Some are alternative performances of album tracks; others are never-before-heard covers.
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There’s not much to say about Radiohead’s OK Computer that hasn’t been said since it was released 14 years ago. Here at Cover Me we seem to post Radiohead cover songs almost daily. Well, the sincerest form of flattery is covering a song by an influential artist or album, right? And love it or hate it, it’s difficult to dispute the impression that OK Computer left on music. So it’s no surprise that Stereogum rounded up 12 great artists a few years ago to do a song-for-song tribute to OK Computer. Since the tribute came 10 years after the original, they titled it OKX.
By now most of us are familiar with indie folk darlings, The Avett Brothers. Their crossover status into mainstream music over the last few years has made them accessible to the masses. But mention the name David Childers to anyone outside of the bluegrass and folk world and you’ll likely get a shrugged response, despite Childers being considered one of the great American songwriters by his peers.
When looking at Gabby Young, her first impression does not immediately scream “opera singer,” but this fiery red-head is classically trained. Based in the UK, Young released her first album in 2009, and it’s hard to believe that by the ripe age of 27, she has already fought and won a battle against thyroid cancer. Her experience seems to resonate within her and comes out in her husky vocals.
Under the Radar shines a light on lesser-known cover artists. If you’re not listening to these folks, you should be. Catch up on past installments here.
When a musical group is defined by a genre, it often boxes them in and alienates them from an expanding fan base. A certain type of music usually lends a certain type of music lover. If we were to write “bluegrass,” some may just stop reading at this point and turn up their nose. But others might see this term and immediately scroll down below to take a listen. The NYC quintet Punch Brothers is a bluegrass group for both of these types of music lovers, and for those somewhere in-between: those who aren’t really sure if bluegrass is their thing, let alone bluegrass cover songs. Trust us – it is.
Attention guys out there: Lightouts have created the perfect cover song for your next crush mixtape. Lightouts re-create The La’s late ’80s/early ’90s sound that is ripe for the next great romantic indie soundtrack starring Zooey Deschanel. Be it real girl crush or movie crush, the bottom line is that there is some major pining going on in the somewhat obscure “I Am The Key,” and Lightouts wants to help you get the girl.