People were surprised when Ryan Adams covered Taylor Swift’s entire 1989 album, but it’s even more surprising to hear him covering Radiohead. Yet Adams did just that during a BBC Radio 2 session Saturday. After performing his Prisoner single “Doomsday,” Adams delivered a simple, beautiful solo cover of “Karma Police” .
The four-piece who are all in their early twenties have a broad palette and draw inspiration from a variety of tasteful sources. They use intelligent dance music production techniques to add engaging psychedelic flourishes and hypnotic rhythms, which vigour to what would otherwise be a brittle tender piece.
In terms of their indie sensibilities, Oxford newcomers Low Island draw inspiration from Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, and Arthur Russell.
Split between Cambridge and London, the enigmatic electro-indie quintet Lunacre has been recording together since late 2014. They blend a number of influences and call to mind the post-rock, melodic glitch of Alt-J and Radiohead.
Despite the band’s diverse range of influences and experimental soundscapes, Lunacre achieve concise and accessible songwriting, overlaid with melody and harmonies.
Compared to Vondelpark and Mount Kimbie, there’s also a sense of the Bristol sound in here; the intensity of those early Portishead records. They’ve just released their second Ep ‘Schtum’.
No doubt you can hum Ramin Djawadi’s iconic Game Of Thrones theme song in your sleep, but did you know that he is also the ghost in the machine for the music of Westworld? In addition to writing the sci-fi thriller’s harrowing opening score, setting the stage for the asymptotic nearing of AI singularity, Djawadi also covered all of the songs you hear interpreted into the old-timey clang of the player piano. So far the songs that Djawadi has reconfigured for the Western aesthetic of Westworld include Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” Radiohead’s “No Surprises,” The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” and The Cure’s “A Forest.”