Good Cover Version: CLAVVS Does Echo & The Bunnymen

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.

I didn't actually imagine that I'd ever hear a cover version of "The Killing Moon" that I would like. Echo & The Bunnymen's classic is pretty perfect, after all.

But then I heard CLAVVS give it a go. The Brooklyn duo gave the song a suitably spooky makeover for Halloween, steering the sound away from 80s Merseyside to a sleekly haunted, after midnight sensuousness with an undercurrent of something threatening.

Sounding like a perfect fit in a slasher flick, the heavy, syrupy beats and Amber Renee's incense sweet vocals give the song a heady feel. As with all horror films, though, something dark and deadly lurks just a few steps behind, and every now and then the song recalls the terrifying Halloween theme. Is CLAVVS taking the point of view of the doomed, or the wielder of the deadly object?

The song is only live on Soundcloud today, so make sure you give it some love before you go out a-haunting. 

[posted 10.31.19]


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