The Rebel Light – Be My Baby
The Rebel Light is having a lot of fun in California, and it shines through on this cover of “Be My Baby.” Straight off, the vocals grab your attention, achieving their Spector-like sound by being recorded in a bathroom (a smart move that was employed by Stax Records on many of their recordings). The cover remains true to the original, but the phrasing and delivery of the chorus makes it unique and keeps your brain from just lulling into the original you’ve heard hundreds of times before. Download the track above and have fun singing along while you cruise around with your windows down.
La Sera – Running Wild
Jubilant post-chorus guitars and crashing drums crush themselves against downer lyrics in La Sera‘s second single from Hour of the Dawn, “Running Wild.” You can check out Katy Goodman’s also-excellent first single from the record here.
Trummors – Bogus Bruce
When I think about AM radio (yes, I think about AM radio), this is pretty much what comes to mind. Sunny, straight-ahead grooves that smack of the 70s, regardless of when the song was actually released. Anne Cunningham and David Lerner of Trummors double up on vocals, putting a little texture on the melodic sheen of the track. Pull on your bell bottoms and chill out while you download “Bogus Bruce” above.