Friday, September 26, 2008

Covered: Around The World Edition


NORWAY:
Singer/songwriter Ane Brun recently recorded her own acoustic version of Alphaville's 'Big In Japan' for a Swedish documentary called 'Stor I Japan'. It's currently sitting atop the iTunes Sweden chart. The simplicity of her cover reminds me of her sublime collaboration with Koop for 'Koop Island Blues'.

Ane Brun - Big in Japan (Alphaville Cover)


AUSTRALIA:
Angie Hart has a remarkable musical output that's enough for a whole week (or more) worth of coverage. Either when she was with Frente!, Splendid, or on her own, she proved that her voice is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. Her cover of The Cure's 'Pictures Of You' was produced for the Transport Accident Commission's anti-speeding campaign ad (which you can watch here), and when put into that context, it's pretty mesmerizing and touching. It's now available as a single on iTunes Aussie, but since I don't have access to that, this 96kps rip from her MySpace has to do. I really wish I could do a feature on her 'oeurve' someday.

Angie Hart - Pictures Of You (The Cure Cover)


SWEDEN:
Aww...Those Dancing Days! I've been quietly following them ever since Swedesplease introduced me to them with 'Hitten'. These girls are like the antithesis to the Disney empire, they're still in high school, and yet they already show more credibility and potential than those Jonas brothers or whomever Disney Channel starlets that are raping my ears by butchering the classics for dvd bonus features could ever dream of. Um, awkward comparison? Maybe I'm just biased because the lead singer reminds me of Molly Ringwald in her heyday. All of them are adorable, though! Here's their cool version of Britney Spears' 'Toxic', a b-side to their latest single 'Home Sweet Home', which is quite good by itself!

Those Dancing Days - Toxic (Britney Spears Cover)


UK:

Surprising listenable! I normally detested the idea of 'indie bands legimitizing pop hits by ruining them' but this is actually quite decent. This song is just that good.

Guillemots - Black And Gold (Sam Sparro Cover)


GERMANY:

Last but not least, a ridiculously awesome Latin-flavored cover of Daft Punk's 'Around The World'. Senor Coconut is just one of the many aliases of German DJ Uwe Schmidt. He has done a remix for Jamie Lidell in the same style. It's great fun to listen to, a very interesting interpretation it is.


Señor Coconut and his Orchestra - Around The World (Full Version)

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