There’s a very particular talent required when it comes to making song covers. It takes quite a lot for me to actually enjoy them when I really like the original track. And yet, sometimes it happens and I find myself relating to the cover more than I do to the original. This is exactly what happened today when I heard Warpaint‘s version of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur”. It is contemplative, ethereal, fragile and absolutely beautiful, building up to a finale filled with tribal-like drums and a very contagious sense of freedom and release.
The track is to make part of Modern and Manimal Records‘ upcoming tribute to Duran Duran for the benefit of Amnesty International, which will be out on July 15. ‘Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran’ is actually a very promising LP, with contributions from Little Dragon, Liars, Beliefs and Moby. Definitely keeping an eye out for this one!