Cool Cover: Alpha Rev Goes 80s

It’s true I love a lot of music, but there are only a handful of songwriters that make it into my pantheon. Casey McPherson from Alpha Rev is one of them. His writing shakes me to my core, and his voice really is a gift from the universe.

On occasion, Casey has been known to record a cover song or two. And it just amazes me how he never fails to elevate it in some way. (“Hallelujah?” Yeah.) Such is the case with a new cover he just released a few hours go: “The Promise” by When In Rome. If you weren’t alive in the 80s – or just don’t have a thing for one hit wonders of that decade – you might not even remember this song (click here to watch the original video). Casey completely strips all the synth-madness of the original down to just him and a piano. The sparseness brings the lyrics alive, but in an aching way. When he hits the 2:30 mark, I get all teary.

Man oh man, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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Cattle & Cane Cover The Killers

There is not much sweeter in the world than the “blood harmonies” that some siblings can make when they sing.  There’s just something magic about the way their voices align.  I think that’s what first grabbed me about Cattle & Cane, a family band out of Teesside, UK.

I adore when a band can cover someone’s else’s song and make you listen to it a completely different way.  (Favorite example?  Obadiah Parker’s cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya” – seriously, the lyrics are freaking amazing!)  So when Cattle & Cane posted this sweet video of Helen and Joe sitting in an average bedroom singing The Killers “Mr. Brightside,” I had to watch it. Pretty sure that one of the other band members is singing from off screen, but I can’t tell for sure.  Either way…

WOW. Simple.  Beautiful.  Love it. Hope you do, too.

Be sure to check out the band’s original music…it is just as stunning. You can pick up a free download of “Red,” a B-side from their latest EP, for free at their Bandcamp page right now.

Happy Monday, everyone.

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