Wednesday, October 1, 2008

song of the day - 10.1.08: the knife AND jose gonzalez - heartbeats

Since it's been over a week since my last song of the day, I'm giving you all a double-dose today. It's still one song, but two versions. The original version of today's song, "Heartbeats" is by The Knife, an electronic duo from Sweden, and was released in 2004. It's a somber but danceable electropop groove. The singer's voice is captivating, and the dirty synth hook is addictive.

Jose Gonzalez, also a Swedish artist, but of Argentine descent, covered "Heartbeats" on his 2006 album, Veneer. I swear, he could make a living just playing covers; his version of Massive Attack's "Teardrop" (better known in the U.S. as the opening credits song for FOX's "House") is another solid cover. What makes the covers so good is that he makes them thoroughly his own. They are mellow, acoustic versions of synth-dominated electronic songs with female lead vocalists. He's not afraid to change up the melodies here and there either. (Apparently, he also covered Joy Division's classic, "Love Will Tear Us Apart.")

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