Sharon Van Etten reportedly hit the studio late last year to begin work on her follow-up to 2014’s impressive Are We There LP. In the meantime, she’s collaborated with artists like Lee Ranaldo, Maggie Rogers, Marissa Nadler, and Michael Cera (yup), in addition to contributing to the Twin Peaks reboot and reissuing her debut album. Now, she’s back with yet another new song to help pass the time, this time a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”.
Filmed as part of BBC’s classical music concert series, BBC Proms, Van Etten was backed on the cover by the Heritage Orchestra for a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The LCD cut is a fitting choice for the series, as this year’s theme is “New York: Sound of a City”.
At just 20 years old, Nashville native Sophie Allison is already well-known for the raw emotion she demonstrates as Soccer Mommy. Not only did she put together a poignant collection of songs for her Clean debut, but she consistently delivers a stirring live show. That’s especially true when she performs her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”, a frequent concert staple. Now, she’s transferred that heart-rending power to a studio version of the track.
Ezra Furman released a new album, Transangelic Exodus, back in February via Bella Union. Now Furman has shared a cover of Vampire Weekend‘s “Unbelievers” (a song from their last album, 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City).
She’s a world-famous model who became the first lady of France, but music has always been one of Carla Bruni’s biggest passions. In her fifth album, “French Touch,” she performs her version of the iconic Rolling Stones song “Miss You.”
Matt Maltese has ‘done’ a cover of Avril Lavigne’s all time classic turbo-banger ‘Complicated’. Matt Maltesse has slowed the track down and made it less bangeriffic than the original.
Kali Uchis put out one of the year’s best albums so far with her debut full-length Isolation, a heady, intoxicating blend of pop, old-school R&B, funk, and soul music. In addition to performing her own songs “Just A Stranger” and “After The Storm” during the BBC1 session, she trotted out a cover of Kanye West’s “Paranoid” off of 808s & Heartbreak.
Geography is the debut album of British artists Tom Misch. But perhaps one of the highlight of the album is his instrumental cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely.’ This track shows that Misch isn’t afraid to dip into what is out there and do it justice.