Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ellie Presses Alt-J and Tesselates

One thing I really appreciate as a constant consumer of music is when an artist that I follow covers a song from an artist that I've never heard of. For example, I'll always have a special place in my heart for Kid Cudi who randomly sampled LCD Soundsystem's Dance Yrself Clean in his track All That Talk. Little did he or I know that his mash up would lead me to being a devout follower of LCD and a fateful night at Philly Cruise Terminal where I got to witness LCD in what I still regard as the most memorable concert I've ever attended.

I use that example to preface Ellie Goulding's recent cover of Alt-J (∆)'s track Tesselate. Prior to the cover I had no idea Alt-J (∆) existed and now I have an appreciation for the British Rock quartet. Below is the original version of their single that was released last summer...

The original is more of a mellow Indie track that Ellie managed to turn into an even mellower jazz cover. Between Ellie's angelic vocals and the saxophone interlude around the 1:30 mark, it's an extremely well done version. Feel free to cool out to this one or at the very least burn it on a cd for your parents because they'll appreciate that their kid doesn't just listen to noisy music with bad language...#Tesselate

Ellie Goulding - Tesselate (Alt-J (∆) Cover)


Jared F June 8, 2013 at 2:08 PM  

See also Goulding's bright, sanguine cover of the Weeknd's brooding track "High for This":


GWDJ June 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM  

Love her version of High For This. I'd probably take that one over her most recent cover. She's got a knack for covering good songs and making them great in her own distinct way. Shameless backlink below...

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