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Dissolved By The Water All These Years- PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, Bjork and Massive Attack (Mash-up by Wax Audio)
I know mash-ups haven’t been cool for at least a few years, but come on, that artist line-up should at least have you curious.
Putting the piano intro to Silent All These Years over the bass fuzz of Dissolved Girl and bringing in the sultry vocals of PJ Harvey creates a sinister yet beautiful vibe that gives the first few lines of Silent a threatening Single White Female stalker vibe. “Excuse me, but can I be you for a while? My dog won’t bite if you sit real still…” has never sounded scarier. Bjork’s “Cover Me” works well as a bridge, before returning to the Down By The Water/Silent All These Years combo to conclude the song.
Aside from the song being excellent, the video is almost perfectly put together. The transitions are well-done, non-awkward, and always appropriate. Showing PJ Harvey at her most seductive pushes the intensity level up and the shots of Tori from various videos are nicely chosen, as are the little flashes of Bjork throughout.
Robyn - “Hyberballad”
My day was turning into a giant bowl of shit, but now! Now! Now! It’s looking up.
(Thanks Max for the heads-up.)
I generally regard Bjork as an artist who’s impossible to cover, but Robyn manages to do a great job with Hyperballad. She sticks very close to the original, but since Hyperballad is a pretty perfect song, that’s for the best. The vocals are a bit thin at the beginning, but Robyn pulls it out, doesn’t let herself be overwhelmed by the orchestra, and hits the right tone for the song’s climax. It isn’t quite Bjork-good, but that’s such a high bar that there’s no shame in coming in just under it.
You know what would be nice? If Robyn performed this when I see her again in Amsterdam October 9th. (Yes, I’m seeing Tori Amos w/ an orchestra and Robyn in the same weekend. Try to contain your jealousy. I know it’s difficult.)