During the recent performance of their Planetarium show at the Sydney Vivid Festival, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, and Bryce Dressner (The National) closed out the show with this lovely cover of the classic, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
A mashup of Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago” and Coldplay’s “Clocks”. Well, not exactly a mashup— it’s literally the two tracks layered over each other, with minimal alterations (key, tempo). Be warned: I can’t listen to the originals anymore; they sound too empty. They are half-songs. (That’s a joke.)
This is a really nice cover of Sufjan Stevens’ song featuring Carrie Peters and a thoughtful track, “Snow” that reminds me a bit of Elliot Smith. I am absolutely loving my little Soundcloud drop box over there on the left sidebar. All sorts of random things end up in it and I hear some wonderful little treasures on almost a daily basis. Today I discovered these two gems from a project by a guy who calls himself Hans V. His “band” is The Standalone and it consists of him in the studio layering sound upon sound in some very beautiful ways. When he plays live he’s joined by a rotating band which includes Tyson Kingrey (guitar/vocals), Scott Funkhouser (bass/keys/vocals), Todd Dahlhoff (bass/keys/vocals), and Harrison Edwards (drums). Based in Portland, Hans has put out an EP, titled One and you can buy it on Amazon here.