#Musicmonday - #083 → Arkells Arkells

#Musicmonday – #083

WITH only a matter of days before I head down south of the border to catch the John Butler Trio and, *drumroll please* the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND! at the annual, world famous, Byron Bay Bluesfest, it’s the perfect time to get one last #MusicMonday out before I take a week off over Easter.

A couple of fantastic remixes and covers in the lineup today, proving that if done right, a reimagining of some songs can result in something distinctively different, but every bit as wonderful as the original…

1. “Never Thought That This Would Happen” – Arkells

HAMILTON, CANADA

Yes! One of my hands-down favourite Canadian acts, Arkells are back with a cracking new track sporting a catchy, melodic chorus over strings and a driving bass line. Love it!


2. “Fall In Love (Until The Ribbon Breaks Reimagination)” – Phantogram

NEW YORK, USA

The original of this Phantogram track, taken from their 2014 album release “Voices” is awesome enough on its own, but UK trio Until The Ribbon Breaks have slowed it down and “reimagined” it into a dreamy piece of alternative pop that has well and truly been my ear-worm this week.


3. “Happy (Pharrell Cover)” – John Butler Trio

FREMANTLE, AUSTRALIA

Triple J have managed to do it again – facilitate the performance of a great track by a much loved Aussie artist who manages to craft the said track into something truly their own.

Last Friday morning it was the John Butler Trio’s turn to take to the studio for “Like A Version” and take a bluesy, hand-clapping, acoustic stab at Pharrell’s enduring 2013 hit “Happy”.


4. “Hooray for Henry” – The Kooks

BRIGHTON, UK

It should be plainly evident by now that I’m a fan of The Kooks. So no apologies for following up my posting of their latest single release “Down” with this potential live performance anthem, considered the B-side to their earlier effort.

You can just imagine the heaving crowds at their gigs belting out the chorus to this one at the top of their lungs. I hope I get the chance to be there, being part of the fun!


5. “Gold” – Chet Faker

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

One of the big music stories of this week was the launch of Chet Faker’s new album “Built on Glass”. Given the success of Faker’s already released downtempo tracks “Talk Is Cheap” and “Melt”, it was a fair chance I was going to be able to find something new and awesome to share with you all.

I found something, and here it is. This is “Gold”.


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