Bill Callahan and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy have kept up their steady cover songs coming on the regular. On their latest cover the duo taps Cooper Crain and leans into a cover of the Iggy Pop song “I Want To Go To The Beach.” Taken from his 2009 cabaret jazz release, here the two really go far beyond what you may expect and come out the other side shining. The reggae vibes come through and never relent.
The song digs into a dub sound that steers away from the original. The strayed guitars that jangle and shamble on and off create a dissonant sound before hitting a more upbeat stride. The swaths of backing vocals that accompany Callahan here sway the song into a sound that’s closer to what The Beach Boys could sound like in a modern way. The falsetto backing vocals meet perfectly with the main vocals, crafting a deep resonance for the track to reside in. The electronic tones that spring throughout take you far away while keeping your feet in this reggae touched sound that holds a funky bass and a rhythmic guitar that’s extraordinary.
The video can be viewed above or on YouTube. The song can be purchased directly from Drag City Records or wherever you download music. It’s also available to stream on all streaming sites.
Image Credits: Photo by Jessica Fey/Mclean Stephenson.