We’ve featured a few covers from The Voice Project here already, but every video they post is just as brilliant as the next. In support of the charity’s effort to raise money for women in Uganda, Rhode Island folkies The Low Anthem recently assembled backstage before a concert at Boston’s Old South Church to play “The Mermaid Parade,” written by Matthew Houck under his moniker Phosphorescent. The cathedral setting and the intimate circle of musicians both fit TLA perfectly, reflecting the delicacy and beauty of their sound and back-porch singalong performing style. Add this one to our Low Anthem live collection!
Ben Sollee, Kentucky-born songwriter and exceptionally funky cellist, has certainly been busy lately. Along with releasing his fantastic new album Inclusions this week, he found time to sit down with The Voice Project to record a cover of Joan as Police Woman’s “Real Life.” For those not familiar with The Voice Project, they’re a charity effort that has employed artists ranging from less-known Brooklyn fixtures to Peter Gabriel to make short chains of artists covering each other’s songs with the goal of attracting donations to help women in war-torn Uganda. Not only is it a great cause, but they’ve recorded some amazing and unlikely covers.
The Voice Project formed to support the women of war-ravaged Northern Uganda who use song to spread their message of healing and peace. The Project seeks out artists to create cover chains – one artist covers another who then covers another and so on – with donation and advertising revenue going to these women. In the latest episode, Blake Mills invited The Project into his living room and performed Lucinda Williams’ exuberant “I Just Wanted To See You So Bad” from her 1988 self-titled album.
We’ve told you about the Voice Project before. The non-profit supports efforts towards peace in North Uganda, helping in particular the women so often victimized in such conflicts. To spread the word, they record regular cover videos by well-known performers for their website. What’s the connection between cover songs and Uganda? Nothing – but a cover allows a site like ours to inform readers about their noble efforts, all while providing a great new tune. Win-win.
Whistling may be all the rage in indie music these days (see: Andrew Bird), but you know what’s due for a comeback? Humming. Okay, I’m not sure humming was ever popular even by the same low standards we’re using for whistling, but this cover makes the case. After all, what other wordless vocalization both indicates that you feel “very well” and shows your “feelings of emptiness”? Thanks, nonsensical Wikipedia entry!
In the latest Voice Project video, the men of Joan As Police Woman hum through a reimagined version of Broken Social Scene’s “Lover’s Spit.” After a little a cappella work by the whole group, Joan Wasser takes charge, proving strikingly talented at belting it out while playing the violin. The rest of the band adds drumming to their humming. Though they lay back, she projects a symphony’s worth of power in her vocals (and violin solo).