Xiu Xiu - Under Pressure (Queen) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZLGqHyeX-s
For some reason, the way this is arranged, and the vocals, make this a very emotional song for me.
They Might Be Giants - New York City (Cub) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSS_ty5o7x4
I don’t think anyone knows the original that well, but TMBG took this and ran with it. It’s basically a TMBG song now.
Dirty Projectors - Climax (Usher) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=877dlnqkPR0
This cover is such a perfect fit, probably because Dirty Projectors has four people with absolutely gorgeous voices.
Thursday - Ny Batteri (Sigur Ros) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ENPGg5JBYg
Thursday, a hardcore/screamo band from New Jersey, should not be covering Sigur Ros, a post-rock band from Iceland (I looked up exactly what genre Sigur Ros is on Wikipedia). Somehow, this not only works, but excels, and makes me wonder how the original worked without the explosive, guitar-heavy climax.
Elliott Smith - Thirteen (Big Star) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk9Ja8g7bx8
A wonderful cover that keeps the beauty and the pain of the original, while making it feel distinctly in Elliott Smith’s voice.
Bright Eyes - Devil Town (Daniel Johnston) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3PoP85fxUk
Even something as so simple as slow, steady hand claps and an accompanying vocals makes turns this song into a sleepy, slightly optimistic shuffle.
Sun Kill Moon - Neverending Math Equation (Modest Mouse) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydNhrHXHjAk
The floating, ethereal tones make this song feel less urgent, but somehow sadder to me.
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