Bands doing covers is a risky game. There’s every chance – nay, likelihood – that they’ll make something that either sounds too similar, too twee or just naff. Luckily here we have two bands who have done it right. First up is a cover of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Revere featuring Toumani Diabaté. The original song is melancholic enough, but these guys have turned into something almost haunting. The simple, acoustic instrumentation allows the vocals to really come to the fore in a way that they don’t in the original. And the Cello, oh the Cello! It’s spine-tinglingly good when it comes in. Malian musician Toumani Diabaté plays the kora, which adds a sounds that cuts through the track, complimenting the harp superbly. That’s the video at the top of the page, and below you can listen to the original.
The second cover is by the band Tashaki Miyaki. We posted about them a while ago (read that here) and said that they play melancholic surf rock. Well, they haven’t changed, and this is a full-on reimagining of a classic country song, washed out and pulsing throughout. It’s part of an EP they’re releasing on Rough Trade called Tashaki Miyaki Sings The Everly Brothers. Listen to both the cover and the original. If you like the cover then click on the title and you’ll be taken to The Fader’s Soundcloud page where you can download the song for free.
Now listen to the original and see what you think of their version in comparison.