Arcade Fire just performed a new song in NYC last week and, from the sound of the shaky live video, it holds promise. The real new Arcade Fire everyone should be buzzing about though is by San Francisco duo Meklit & Quinn. This pair of jazz-educated musicians just released their self-titled debut, covering everyone from MGMT to Patti Smith with grace and delicacy. Their version of Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” belongs in the annals of great AF covers.
This summer, San Francisco jazz/soul performers and longtime collaborators Quinn DeVeaux and Meklit Hadero announced that they were working on a covers album together. Though the Blue Beat Review frontman (DeVeaux) and Ethiopian-born singer (Hadero) don’t have plans to release the album until January, they’re giving listeners something to look forward to with some preview covers, including a lovely acoustic take on Arcade Fire’s Funeral opener, “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels).”