Feb 142022
Goldmyth Gorillaz On Melancholy Hill

Harpist, producer and singer Janessa Smith a.k.a. Goldmyth is a Utah native with a stream of shape-shifting singles. It’s easy to sink into Goldmyth’s music — her default vocal mode is an airy mid-range, gliding just above rubbery grooves and earworm-y bass lines. Her songs feel both washed-out and blissful, filled with malaise yet still musically vivid.

New from Goldmyth is a cover of “On Melancholy Hill” by Gorillaz, an idiosyncratic slow-burner drawn from the band’s 2010 album, Plastic Beach. Damon Albarn‘s slacker existentialism feels like somewhat of a kindred spirit for Goldmyth; in a statement that accompanied the cover’s release, she describes her discovery of the song: Continue reading »

Apr 212020

Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.

Gorillaz's "Feel Good Inc."

Gorillaz, formed in 1998 as a virtual band made up of four animated members, has always been non-traditional. Their music is accompanied by a fictional world displayed in music videos and cartoons. During their first tour the band members played behind a screen while videos played for the audience. After the band members found this a bit restricting, their future tours brought the members in front of the crowd but through lighting and other visuals, were kept silhouetted. In some sense the band was ahead of their time. Now, in a world where concerts can’t exist, the Gorillaz seem poised to benefit from creative alternatives to connect with their fans. Thank goodness they are back again with their Song Machine project that is being released as a series of episodes featuring a variety of collaborators.

But for now, let’s go back to 2004 when we all had a chance at feeling good despite some demon days. “Feel Good Inc.” brought the Gorillaz to the masses. It won the Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration and made it to best songs of the 2000s lists from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork despite mixed reviews from the same outlets upon its release. These covers range from faithful renditions to mood-changing takes on the mid-aughts hit.

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Aug 302019

Check out the best covers of past months here.

best cover songs august
aeseaes – Realiti (Grimes cover)

Bandits on the Run – Back to Black (Amy Winehouse cover)

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Feb 132015

Some covers are more equal than others. Good, Better, Best looks at three covers and decides who takes home the gold, the silver, and the bronze.

Gorillaz, the superband partnership between Blur’s Damon Albarn and Tank Girl comic artist Jamie Hewlett, mixed up indy rock and trip-hop and became the best-known cartoon band since Jem and the Holograms. Albarn and Hewlett would keep the revolving door on Gorillaz open, working with Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, and De la Soul, among others; Albans insists that despite rumors of a falling out with Hewlett, Gorillaz is still swinging after more than a decade. They remain best known for “Clint Eastwood,” their first single from their first album. Let’s take a look at some of the better covers of this college classic.
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Nov 272012

When not on tour with legendary psychedelic jamband Phish, you can catch Trey Anastasio touring with his band or lending a hand to Superstorm Sandy victims in Brooklyn. The guiarist, singer and songwriter has just released his ninth solo studio album,  The Traveler. The album was co-produced with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Musicians include the Trey Anastasio Band, Mates of State’s Kori Gardner, The National’s Bryan Devendorf and Matt Berninger, Bon Iver’s Rob Moose, and Icelandic percussionist Samuli Kosminen. Continue reading »