Thursday, April 21, 2022

Rachel Baiman & Kris Drever Cover Eliza Gilkyson

We loved Rachel Baiman's 2021 album Cycles. This spring Baiman and Scottish folksinger Kris Drever will be touring across the UK together and they've released a new single as a duo. They're taking on Eliza Gilkyson's "Hard Times in Babylon," which was written about the suicide of a friend. The original is a standard (and fantastic) folk/singer-songwritter track. Baiman and Drever expand on that a bit. It's kept as a folk song, but the new version is a much more lush take on the song that leans a tiny bit into the realm of folk/pop. It's a great reworking of the song that is making me wish Baiman and Drever bring their co-tour to this side of the Atlantic. 

Rachel Baiman says of the song:

“I first heard this song at the beginning of a long solo drive. And I must have listened to it twenty more times before I reached my destination. I think what grabs me about it is the sense of community that Gilkyson is referencing. The descriptions of musicians and creatives living together under one roof, trying to make it through the hard times together. Seeing the ghost of a lost friend at a venue they used to haunt,  and mourning in community with one another."

You can listen to Rachel Baiman & Kris Dever's version of "Hard Times in Babylon" below. The song is available as a single via Signature Sounds and can be downloaded at Bandcamp. For more on Rachel Baiman, check out the artist's website. For more on Kris Drever, check out his.


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