Sunday, October 21st, 2012
El Perro Del Mar covers The xx
Frank YangThe cover song is typically reserved for songs that influenced an artist, have great personal meaning, or just tickles their fancy and can usually be categorized as either “classic”, “obscurity”, or “ironic”. For an artist to choose a current song – and one that’s not a chart-topper or in this case, even an official single – really says something about the power of that song.
Case in point, Sweden’s Sarah Assbring, who took “Shelter” from The xx’s Mercury-winning 2009 self-titled debut and made it a fixture of El Perro Del Mar’s live shows in support of her 2010 record Love Is Not Pop, taking the time to properly arrange the song for her band rather than just toss it off. It doesn’t stray too far from the original as Assbring’s voice does the sultry/lonely thing as well as Romy Madley Croft; maybe even better as she doesn’t have an Oliver Sim to sing alongside her. The recording comes from a performance in New York in February 2010; she repeated it in Toronto a week later.
MP3: El Perro Del Mar – “Shelter” (live at The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY – February 17, 2010)
Video: El Perro Del Mar – “Shelter” (live at The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY – February 17, 2010)
Video: The xx – “Shelter” (live at Live at Eurosonic – January 2010)