04.26.2012

The Mosaic’s Cover of the Week: Midnight City


Every week on The Mosaic we end with an original song and its cover. Vote for your favorite at wobcmosaic@gmail.com!

Last Week’s Results:

Apparently Bon Iver and Deadwood Floats are equally good musicians—at least when it comes to “Holocene”—because they tied for this week’s challenge. It isn’t necessarily surprising. Deadwood Floats’s version appears to mirror the original to the point that I sometimes forget which one I’m hearing. While both versions are haunting and subdued, Deadwood Floats ramps it up a bit in the last half by accentuating the percussion a bit more. I guess what I’m trying to say is I agree with you guys on this one.

This Week: M83 vs. Trails and Ways

I’m super excited for this week’s cover because I kind of love M83 with a passion. The band is a French creation, originating from Antibes, France and consisting of Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau who formed the band in 2001. After the tour for their second album, Fromageau left the band. Gonzalez is now the only full-time member with his brother Yann, a vocalist/keyboardist, and a drummer filling in as needed. M83’s song “Midnight City, written by Anthony Gonzalez, his brother, and Morgan Kibby, reached number 5 in US Alternative Charts and—fun fact—is currently being used by BBC in a commercial for the 2012 Olympics. Gonzalez created the opening rhythm by distorting a recording of his voice.  He chose to end the song with a saxophone solo, saying “this element has been overused in the past and is considered clichéd or cheesy, but the song needs it” (guardian.co.uk). Or does it? The band Trails and Ways take a more lighthearted approach to the song, supplementing many of the distorted and synthesized songs present in M83’s version with their own voices. The saxophone is substituted for what sounds like a flute (but don’t take my word for it. I’m notoriously horrible at identifying instruments) which continues the bands attempt to lighten the song. What do you guys think?

M83 – Midnight City

Trails and Ways – Midnight City

-Heidi Marsh

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