Pew Playlist: 3 Cover Songs, 9/1/15

Noah Gundersen – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Without question, Noah Gundersen is one of my favorite things happening in music right now. His recently-released Carry The Ghost (out August 21st) is slammed full of some of the best songwriting of the year.

Although not new by any standards, Gundersen’s cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is totally worth the retread. Haunting and raw in a totally different way than the original, the song captures Cobain’s sadness in a whole new light.

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John Moreland – “Thunder Road”

John Moreland finds himself in the company of Gundersen as one of the most exciting artists in 2015. With a dirt road voice, Moreland captures The Boss in a way only that only a blue collar, working class man could.

Like Moreland’s recent album High on Tulsa Heat, the holds nothing back, laying all the emotions on the table on this cover.

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Fairground Saints – “FourFiveSeconds”

Opting for the pop cover, Fairground Saints borrow from the combined genius of Kanye West, Rihanna and Sir Paul McCartney in the Americana retelling. The cover highlights the indie side of the Americana world, touching on the blended vocals that made Fairground Saint most self titled debut so damn catchy.

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