Tash Sultana – “Through The Valley”

By Will Oliver, August 3rd 2020

The ever-versitile Tash Sultana has covered “Through The Valley” originally by folk artist Shawn James. The cover comes as a part of the Playstation 4 game The Last of Us Part II, which is sung by the game’s lead character, Ellie.

If you heard the song without any context, you wouldn’t be wrong to mistake it for an original from Sultana who re-molds it into something that becomes very much her own.
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Matt Pond PA, the long-term project of Matt Pond and Chris Hanse, will return with their new EP ‘Songs of Disquiet,’ which features eight songs – a mix of covers and originals – “-born out of the convergence of both a global pandemic and a worldwide civil rights movement.”

All of the tracks “speak to themes of not only disquiet and unrest, but inner transformation and hope.” This includes their take on The Thermals beloved “A Pillar of Salt,” which gets completely reimagined here and features guest vocals from Anya Marina.
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Yuno Covers Beach House’s “Zebra”

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2020

This summer has seen Sub Pop and Hardly Art launch their Got You Covered series, featuring artists from their label covering other artists from the labels’ catalogs.

The latest cover comes from Yuno who takes on Beach House’s “Zebra” and does it plenty of justice.

Find his great cover of “Zebra” available to watch below.

Nick Bowen – “Me & My Dog” (Boygenius cover)

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2020

In 2018 Boygenius, the indie supergroup trio of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus released a self-titled EP that featured half a dozen amazing collaborative folk songs, one of which was the standout “Me & My Dog.”

Webster, New York-based musician Nick Bowen has offered his own interpretation of the song with a raw and even more stripped-down cover of it. Bowen’s version feels even more vulnerable and personal, which gives it a whole different feeling, while still honoring the original. Not always an easy task.

Find Bowen’s cover of “Me & My Dog” available to listen to below.
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The Jaded Hearts Club is the supergroup consisting of Matt Bellamy (of Muse), Graham Coxon (of Blur), Miles Kane (of The Last Shadow Puppets), Nic Cester (of Jet), Sean Payne (of The zutons) and Jamie Davis (of Transcopic)

They first formed just to play some Beatles covers at a birthday party but have now become the real thing releasing some official recordings covering classic songs. Last month we got a cover of the Isley Brothers’ “Nobody But Me.” Now they’re back with a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It’s Killing Me)”.
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It’s not just known for its perfect placement in The Breakfast Club, but Simple Minds 80s classic “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” still stands the test of time for good reason. Portland-based recording artist Matt Lande thinks so as the artist has recently released his own cover of the 80s staple.

While the cover may not be the most “adventurous,” it’s a wonderful ode to Simple Minds and everything that makes the track so beloved to this very day.

Find a bit from Lande about his decision to cover the song below:
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The National have covered INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart” as a part of the compilation Songs for Australia, featuring covers of Australian acts in order to benefit the fire-stricken country’s rehabilitation efforts. The compilation will be released on March 12th via BMG and was helmed by Australian folk-pop singer Julia Stone.

The band stays true to the spirit of the original while offering up their own National-esque twists that make it a good tribute but also distinctly enough their own to make it a more than a worthwhile cover.

Enjoy the cover below.