Ever since Taylor Swift's Shake It Off shook up the pop charts this summer, there have been thousands of covers.
But, as the singer herself points out (below), sometimes the best ones are the ones that change how you view the world. In this case, guitarist and vocalist Jesse Will flips the track into a completely harrowing tale.
The clip is led with a simple guitar line and accompanying violin and was filmed at St Dunstan and All Saint's Church, Stepney. Adding the church as a backdrop, a new captivating layer is piled onto the typically cheery, tongue in cheek song.
My favorite covers are the ones where the artist has made it their own, changing the way the song makes you feel. http://t.co/2rr3QVUiCk— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 21, 2014
As you can see, gone are the brassy horns, the rhythmic underpinning and the infectious pop hook. Instead, you are given a more emotional, jarring version. Will, as part of the Reload Sessions Youtube franchise, hails from New Zealand and travels all over the world. He's expected to drop a brand new EP in March 2015.
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With the entire world stuck at home sheltering in place, musicians have had to resort to entertaining fans (and themselves) virtually.While some entertained the weary masses in the form of TikTok videos and Instagram challenges, others went as far as performing concerts and DJ sets from the comfort of their homes. But it would be the platform created by super producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland that would become the frontrunner in quarantine entertainment.
On March 24, Verzuz was born as a showdown between accomplished artists, songwriters, and producers playing their most popular songs against each other in the spirit of friendly competition. Instagram Live would act as the battleground for the clash of musical titans. Swizz and Timbaland would not only serve as the masterminds of the series but its inaugural battle participants.
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If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.
Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.