Monday, 14 August 2017

Fantasy Cover Version #3 - if Emiliana Torrini covered "Wild Wood"...

A blog series that you can contribute to...

Here's the gist. I want to hear about your fantasy cover versions. Simply make the case for the cover version that you'd love to hear but, fairly obviously, does not actually exist. And send me that case, here. By case, I mean explain why artist X covering song Y would be good, don't just send me their respective names.

Second guest contributor is C, from the incomparable Sun-dried Sparrows. C has taken this series up a notch here, I think, and demonstrates beautifully why you should all be reading her blog, if you're not already. C writes:

I’d like to hear Emiliana Torrini cover Paul Weller’s "Wild Wood". Members of the jury, I present these facts.

Witness the original, Paul Weller’s fifth single as a solo artist, a classic hit - so well-known and so ingrained that it’s easy to forget how deep its impact was at the time of its release.

But it’s a keeper, really. An exquisite, understated and reflective song that still sounds good no matter how many times you’ve heard it, even if that first flush of intense love has now faded into a comfortable familiarity, so much so that you don’t actively think of playing it any more. However, we could address that and give this song a whole new lease of life, simply by adding something new and distinct without losing touch with its essence. We could incorporate some femininity.

I therefore suggest that we feature the sweetness and purity of the voice of Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini. As for Emiliana’s own work, there is so much to choose from to demonstrate her vocal style in a way that would be suitable. In order to make it easier to imagine her beauiful, delicate treatment, that slight hint of her Icelandic accent adding a certain na├»ve charm, I present to you:

Emiliana isn’t known for her cover versions, being an incredibly prolific songwriter in her own right, she’s also guested on vocals for other acts such as Thievery Corporation. However, if proof is needed that she can handle another writer’s very different output with ease, I invite you to consider her version of the 1967 Jefferson Airplane hit, "White Rabbit":

Now just imagine a slightly more stripped back version of Wild Wood, the percussion limited but oh so perfectly placed, acoustic guitar to the fore, and Emiliana's delicious, enchanting voice ... "High tide, mid afternoon..."

There is no case against, is there?

Indeed, C. I think any jury would return a unanimous verdict. Terrific choice, and a great introduction to an artist that's new to me and, I suspect, many others.

Think you can suggest a fantasy cover version this good? Then please, try your luck. The list of past submissions may inspire you.

17 comments:

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    1. It really is, isn't it? And isn't Emiliana's voice something else?

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    2. Thanks CC. I'm a huge fan of Emiliana, Martin, might have to do a feature on her some day.

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    3. You definitely should, C.

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  2. As I said over at your place this was a very clever match and I enjoyed your choice very much. Great post.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Alyson.

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    2. Thanks for listening to this Alyson - glad you like! Would love to know yours too....I mean, Lee Hazlewood could sing just about anything...

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  3. Works for me. Love ET's voice.

    ("Phone home".)

    (Sorry. I'll get my coat.)

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    1. "Ouch."

      (Whilst you're at the cloakroom, can you grab my coat too? Cheers.)

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    2. Thanks Rol, glad you like her voice... 'tis sublime.

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  4. Came over from C's place. This is great fun. If past fantasies are as good as this one, I can't wait to see what else was concocted. Thanks for the list of archives.

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    1. Cheers, Brian. Hope you feel inspired to submit your own FCV...?

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    2. Thanks Brian - have just replied at my place but it was lovely to be able to be inspired with the theme of a fantasy cover version, really got me thinking, great fun to do. As Martin suggests.. would be good to know what yours might be too?

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  5. Me too, as Brian said, read about this at C's place. Cracking idea for a series of posts.

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    1. Cheers Adam. Look forward to hearing your suggestion...?

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