Well, we’ve been talking about covers for a while on and off – perhaps coming to a future podcast episode near you – and I was staggered to come across this incredible version of a favourite Beatles track by a band I never would’ve expected to see do it.
Needless to say, it’s not nearly as raucous and rough as you’d expect it to be, but perhaps that’s what a great cover is: one that confounds your expectations. Which could lead down a rabbit hole all of its own. What else stands up to this? A few come to mind:
Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’?
Nirvana’s Bowie Cover ‘The Man Who Sold The World’?
(shameless love of mine) Hot Chip’s brilliant version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’?
Sinead O’Connor’s cover of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’?
or perhaps Hendrix’s seminal Dylan cover ‘All Along The Watchtower’?
I first banged on about Nilufer Yanya back in 2017 when she released her 2nd EP Plant Feed. Last year she released her debut album ‘Miss Universe’ which I completely failed to pick for AOTM … and I am not sure why. In the past few weeks she’s release ‘Crash’ a massive new single and it’s prompted me to reintroduce her to you all.
She’s effortlessly cool. Ballsy. Writes a great tune and obviously surrounds herself with some talented friends.
Listeners to the podcast version of us arguing will be familiar with the structure of each episode. The 1st section is us ‘reviewing’ an album that one of us has selected as Album of the Month. The 2nd section we all bring a single track as our chosen track to represent a theme. In the past we’ve had Lockdown Bangers, Chill Tracks, Afro-Centric and of course … Disco. On episode 5 (coming soon) we chose the simple theme of ‘new tracks’. Anything that we’ve loved from the past few months … that the others might not have heard or appreciated.
In order to select our tracks we all curated long lists that we whittled down to 4 that we could share on a longlist-playlist.
I didn’t think that I’d see another Doves album. This is a bit of a gift. And what a gift. Ok, so it’s hardly going against the grain, but then if you’re good at doing something, what’s wrong with playing to that strength? Perhaps it isn’t all about experimentation for experimentation’s sake.
And while their early albums were superb, there’s something to love about gruff Jimi Goodwin. Plus, my god, the guitar playing on this album is AMAZING. The videos aren’t bad either. Guitars, remember them?