Exlovers – Wicked Game
Some people say when you truly love a song, it’s impossible for a cover to do it justice (ok so I’ve never actually heard anyone say that, but I’m sure someone has…).
I’ve found a fair few over the past months – whether or not they’re as good as their respective subjects, they’ve often, in my mind, been a fresh and highly personal take on memorable originals (Florence & the Machine, The Postal Service, MC Illy, Solange, Feist to pick up a few of my favourites…)
When I saw this one come up I drew a sharp intake of breath and my initial thought was “how can anyone touch this diamond of a classic 80s pop masterpiece?!”. But I gave it a chance and… I love it. Not as much as the original, but in it’s own right.
Exlovers – Wicked Game (hypem)
It’s also up on the Ohinvertedworldclub’s Weblog at the moment as the band are playing their second Birthday Bash at The Old Queen’s Head tonight (13th Jan). I am completely gutted I can’t make it because of the snow…but that doesn’t mean you can’t go! Details on the London Gigs page.
The folk-pop quintet, who released their EP on Chess Club Records last year, have managed to craft a beautifully lo-fi and mellow update of one of my favourite songs of all time.
This is the original…in case you haven’t heard it: