I am back in Chicago. The project is really and truly done (for a few months, anyway — there will be page proofs later in the year). All that’s left is to pay the invoices and send out an email to all our contributors (including me — weird). Time to get back to the music meme, but I need to get my head in the game. In the meantime, here is my new favorite cover song. The video is incredible — who knew five people could play one guitar at the same time?
First, here’s the original version of “Somebody That I used to Know” by Gotye, which I first heard on WFUV a few days ago:
And here’s the remarkable cover by Canadian band Walk the Earth. This is a cover that’s all about the visual. Despite the dramatic change in instrumentation, it maintains the basic affect of the original and doesn’t reinterpret its sentiment. But the choreography of this arrangement is a thing of beauty.