After checking out The Cover Song Archive, a project of one of my favorite art blogs, Boooooooom!, I wasted a few minutes poking around on the related videos in the YouTube sidebar and miraculously discovered the gorgeous voice of Jeff Pianki. I’ve been on an upbeat Yeasayer/Tennis/LCD Soundsystem kick lately, so stumbling across these gentle, almost whispered covers has been a real treat.
What surprised me, though, was how much I also enjoyed his originals (anyone who peruses social media knows that most with a guitar and web cam don’t usually provide the most compelling personal compositions).
Here is his Fionn Regan-esque version of Vampire Weekend’s “Mansard Roof.”
Some of his covers are available for free download on last.fm, and his website (here) allows you to name your own price for his albums, which I have found astonishingly gorgeous. Happy listening!