Every week we feature a notable rising artist on the verge of success. This week we thought about the power of covering music. We’re focusing on a group who I’ve discovered through searching for good covers and have impressed me with their sound and original songs.
- Sometimes you get tired of a good song—it happens. I love Adele, but talk about a total Radio killed the Indie Star scenario. When reinvented covers come about, they bring new life to the songs and make them fresh again. Example: Royals is getting a little dull on the rotation lately, but this interesting vintage lounge cover makes it newly-engaging and just draws you in further.
- Other times, you want to hear your favorite band interpret another great band’s music. Example: Of Monsters & Men covering MGMT’s Kids.
- Then maybe, you might want to hear a better interpretation of a dull pop song. There’s an extensive collection of those covers on this blog.
- Finally, listeners might find new bands because they did an amazing cover of great songs. Case in point: today’s Alternative Rising Act—Behind Sapphire.
"Behind Sapphire began with two boys in their teenage years, with a hope of sharing their music with the world. Over the past few years, they’ve expanded into an eternally-touring 6-piece energetic juggernaut. Pushing their creativity to new heights, the band has participated in the highly selective Peak Performance Project twice, has fulfilled a lifelong dream of performing for Ellen DeGeneres, fulfilled another lifelong dream by being arrested in China, and throughout it all has continued to hone and perfect their musical craft while remaining true to themselves and their faith. With so many goals, dreams, and ambitions to be attained, Behind Sapphire has an incredibly bright future ahead of them and is a name to be remembered."
Yes, you read that right, they’re Ellen approved:
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This album is so perfect. There’s no other words to describe it. My personal favorite is Last Night since it is comforting with catchy lyrics, while Cassel’s voice in the breakdown just solidifies it as an unofficial anthem of the autumn.
I feel like the group could easily be featured in any Wes Anderson film. They’re very Indie, not just in genre, but also in culture, aesthetic, and energy.