Known for being both an actor and a renewer of Brazilian pop be it solo or with Farofa Carioca, the band with which he debuted in 1998, Seu Jorge comes to Primavera Sound with a very special project: the live reinterpretation of the songs from “The Life Aquatic”, Wes Anderson’s film for which the Brazilian artist stripped down and put into Portuguese classic songs by David Bowie such as “Rebel Rebel”, “Life On Mars?”, “Starman”, “Five Years” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide”. This re reading of Bowie’s songs is only one of the multiple facets of a musician who has spent over fifteen years mixing samba, funk and bossa nova to offer his own vision of popular Brazilian music. He was playing last week at Primavera Sound.
Alex Lahey recently went on Triple J in her native Australia to participate in their Like A Version cover series, and she did Natalie Imbruglia’s iconic “Torn” alongside the rest of her band.
Father John Misty is back with more music. The oddball songwriter is featured on the Mondo Boys’ score to Eddie O’Keefe’s Shangri-La Suite, which the group has just released as a 30-minute mixtape. On it is Father John Misty’s cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Who Loves the Sun” from the band’s 1970 album Loaded.
French pop sensation Christine And The Queens has recently covered Prince and “Panda,” and now she takes on Beyoncé‘s Lemonade highlight “Sorry” for the BBC Radio Live Lounge. Christine stamps ‘Sorry’ with wonderful quirkiness and the occasional French verse. Beyonce’s modern R&B pop gets a synthy, vintage makeover. Four minutes of perfect girl power.
On Sturgill Simpson’s sophomore record Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, he dutifully reimagined When in Rome’s 1988 hit “The Promise,” softening its synth-sharp edges with a balladeers perspective on bumbling romantic miscues. It was a bright spot in an album full of them, so it should come as no shock that Simpson’s recast of a seminal teen-angst anthem in Nirvana’s “In Bloom” achieve such rigorous and satisfying transformation.
After covering the Queen classic in concert for quite some time, Brendon Urie and his boys finally got the chance to record their version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” as part of the Suicide Squad soundtrack. The song might not have quite the same affect as if you were to hear it in person, but the recorded rendition still brings on the chills.