May 5, 2012

Raajmahal vs. Fleetwood Mac

There are some things that, generally, you probably shouldn't do. One of those things is covering Fleetwood Mac.  Look, 99% of the time it's a bad idea. You're not going to improve upon it and you're probably not going to do something that interprets it in a way that makes up for that in a way that is interesting or emotionally powerful. Except when someone does just that.  Enter Raajmahal, the trio of Carla Baker (Baba Yoga), Pat Murano (Decimus/NNCK), and Santa Wolanczyk (Flower Orgy). But you know what? If you're gonna cover Fleetwood, don't pussyfoot - do, arguably, their most iconic song, "Dreams."  Incredibly, Raajmahal absolutely nail it by slowing everything down to a crawl and burying under a thick, opiate-laden fog. Baker is the star here, with her voice rising and falling, twisting around and leading you into the saddest place in the world. Simple guitar chords pace everything, but it's the voice and layers of ascendent strings that take it some place beautiful and new. This is how you cover Fleetwood... with that voice...

Stream: Raajmahal - "Dreams"

Raajmahal's debut LP is out on May 15th via Kelippah Records.

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