For this weeks theme on Newness I have opted for the re inventive imagination of cover songs. A cover is simply a new performance or new recording of a previously recorded track. The tracks I have chosen for this weeks installment reinvent the original recording and add a fresh twist onto an already popular and established song. The familiarity creativity and a willingness to gamble by such radical cover is what originally attracts the lister and establishes a sense of revival or a new beginning. What’s more, is that the skill and creative mind needed to pull off such an altered cover is tremendous but is often forgotten
First up on your box I have Ben L’Oncle Soul’s cover of the The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. Although Ben keeps the original rhythm and structure of the track the same, he delivers it in such a soulful way, cleverly adding a brass section and that classic 1970’s organ screech which in turn masks the original intent of the song. This track in itself re-establishes the texture of the number while seemingly re-evaluating the original message. Ben does a great job on this track and is gaining much international recognition for his efforts.
Ben L’oncle Soul – Seven Nation Army
Devendra Banhart will always be known for his revival of psychedelic folk and the playful manner in which he did it in. The same is true for his reinterpretation of Oasis’ Morning Glory Classic Don’t Look Back in Anger. Although Oasis is known for their ever present Beatles influence, Banhart in a more vague way hides his American Folk tendencies behind his Shaman like persona. While presenting this cover in an almost awkward fashion Banhart digs deep into this track and tampers with its original essence, transforming it into something of his own and removing whatever Brit pop tendencies one could find. Please enjoy this one.
Most famous for their reinterpretation of Pink Floyd’s Money, the Easy Star All Stars have dubbed out a number of classic albums. Their reinvention of Radiohead’s Exit Music (for a Film) however re-establishes the once art rock track into what seems to be a dub original. There is nothing familiar about this track expected for the lyrics which are vague as well . The Easy Stars do a great with reinventing this Kid A staple while remaining true to their own original themes.