Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Hallelujah the Hills Cover The Smashing Pumpkins and Joanna Newsom

For their Patreon, Hallelujah the Hills have a monthly "Hills Cover Sessions" where they learn two cover songs which they arrange and record in a room together over a few hours. This month they decided to release their two covers to the public, and they are The Smashing Pumpkins' "1979" and Joanna Newsom's "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie." Joanna Newsom seems more akin to Hallelujah the Hills' own style, and the cover shows that. Their cover of "1979" is stellar, in that it's an almost completely torn down and rebuilt version. While the original is a perfect example of that mid-90's post grunge alternative that was just starting to become dance music although we'd never admit it sound, Hallelujah the Hills' version is a slowed down version that almost grinds to a halt, complete with an almost industrial level of noise and feedback. Leave it to them to take one of the prettiest and most mainstream songs of that era and dirty it up this much. Although it still has that epic quality to it that The Smashing Pumpkins' original had. For "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie," Hallelujah the Hills lean more into their folky side. It's not quite as minimalist as Joanna Newsom's original, but it's as minimalist as a six member band can get.

To hear Hallelujah the Hills' covers of "1979" and "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie," head on over to their Patreon. While you're there, you should obviously join their Patreon. For more on Hallelujah the Hills, check out the band's website.

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