It’s been two years or so ago that I started scouring the net and found myself cruising through a lot of indie folk music. Artists like Ben Howard, Bon Iver and Ed Sheeran are amongst my top picks. And speaking of top picks, Skinny Love by Bon Iver is right there alongside Ben Howard’s Only Love. There’s just too much heart in indie folk songs that grabs me and moves me.
I love this song. It’s one of the songs I have on loop in my player whenever I’m trying to get inspiration for writing. And it’s just not me that appreciates this song. There are tons of covers done by both amateur and professional artists all over YouTube. It just goes to show that it’s a wonderful song.
So, for this latest post for the Versions segment, I bring you the original version of Bon Iver‘s Skinny Love and a cover by my other favorite – Ed Sheeran. I know that there are like a gazillion views for Birdy’s version in YouTube, but I much rather like a guy singing this song. It felt more heartfelt, I guess.
Continue reading Versions: Skinny Love by Bon Iver
The day I saw the video for this song was the day I became a follower of the enigmatic electronic group known as Massive Attack. It was compelling, seeing a fetus singing a tune that became a timeless classic among music lovers. This group was the first in my long list of favorite trip hop artists including The Chemical Brothers, Portishead, The Prodigy, Cibo Matto and Morcheeba among others. And since then, it’s my go-to trip hop band to listen to whenever I feel like I just need to chill and relax.
So, throughout the years, Massive Attack never lost its touch and continued to give amazing electronic sounds. Here’s the classic tune that captured hardcore alternative rockers like me. (Click the image to view/listen to the song.)
Always on the hunt for new tunes, I’ve been preying for artists that really combines creativity and raw talent. My prowling yielded Newton Faulkner.
Continue reading Versions: Teardrop by Massive Attack
I haven’t done one of these for quite sometime. But I come to redeem my inattention with something that is slightly current and fresh.
I am certain that there are tons of people who are fans of the multi-platinum single Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye. It made him a commodity especially when it was covered by several contestants in various TV singing competitions, renewing its already climbing popularity. But despite this song going mainstream, the indie element that I grew to love and appreciate always shines through whenever this record is played. That is the sole reason why I still tolerate hearing this song after getting several off-key performances in several noontime TV shows in local networks here in my country.
Continue reading Versions: Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know
I fell in love with this song right after watching Crazy Stupid Love (yes, the one where the scrumptious Ryan Gosling did the Dirty Dancing lift with Emma Stone). This record was one of those obscure indie songs that had a generous following in the less mainstream circles. Fortunately, I had the tenacity of a Kraken. So, here goes the original version by The Middle East. (Click on the image to watch/listen to the record.)
And now, I bring you an ethereal and highly artistic cover by Mree, a Youtube sensations and very talented individual I want to meet in person just to say she’s brilliant.
Continue reading Versions: Blood by The Middle East
I’ve never been into blue grass or American Country music not like my dad. But the moment I heard this song playing on my favorite morning radio show, I thought it might grow on me. I wasn’t mistaken. It did and I find myself humming with it whenever it plays on my radio or mp3 player. I am certain that this sound is not for everyone, but the music junkie in me knows no bounds. As eclectic as my tastes in sounds must be, this song is slowly endearing and worming itself in my heart. Check it out!
Continue reading Versions: I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons