The BBC’s Live Lounge often evokes some very interesting covers from the featured band, like CHVRCHES’ upbeat electronic take on HAIM’s “Falling,” which you can check out here. This week New York quartet Vampire Weekend had their chance at reinterpreting a track, selecting neo-soul singer Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
To be honest, I’m not sure what to make of this. I’ve listened to it a number of times now, and I’m part bewildered, part impressed. It’s hard to tell how serious the Vampire Weekend lads took this, with frontman Ezra Koenig’s quirky voice reaching all sorts of heights, coming off a little comedic at times. And as far as his rapping goes, the less said the better. Overall, they keep things musically similar to the original, with the added cowbell the only major difference.
Whether you like it or not, you have to admit it’s an inspired choice.