Sunday, April 23, 2017

Good Cover Version: Amber Arcades Does Nick Drake

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

To do Nick Drake justice, a cover has to be pretty great. I'm of the opinion that this Amber Arcades interpretation of "Which Will" is pretty great indeed. Turning Drake's ghostly masterpiece of magnificent melancholia into a dynamite dream pop diamond is no easy feat, but that's exactly what's happened. Between the heavenly guitar and Annelotte's sugared, sparkling (and somewhat haunted) vocals, this reimagining is truly a treasure.     



[posted 4.23.17]

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