By Andrea Caccese
Cover songs might be corny and obnoxious at times, but when artists set out to re-arrange and completely re-invent the material, a cover can help us fall in love with our favorite tracks all over again. What happens when electronic music acts cover non-electronic songs, or when other non-electronic artists cover an electro track in their own way? Here's a selection of some of our favorite tunes in this category.
Jose Gonzales – Heartbeats
Jose Gonzales paid tribute to fellow Swedish act The Kinfe by covering their hit single, "Heartbeats". While the original song features fuzzy techno / minimal aesthetics, Jose Gonzales turned the song into a mellow acoustic ballad.
The Postal Service – Grow Old With Me
Ben Gibbard's electro-indie project covered this John Lennon's classic track, reinventing the melodies with synths and drum machines, while remaining faithful to the spirit of the original tune.
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Johnny Cash's rendition of Hurt is often regarded as one of the most beautiful cover songs of all town. Although the country star stripped the song off its original synth and beats, he put a lot of emotion into it, making the song very personal, inspired by the recent loss of his beloved wife.
Jose Gonzalez – Teardrop
The aforementioned acoustic performer Jose Gonzalez reworked Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”. Sounds familiar? it was adopted as the opening theme song for “House” the hugely popular medical-themed TV series starring Hugh Laurie.
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