October 3, 2007

C&O - Heartbeats

This song quickly became one of my favorite songs ever last year, after I heard it a couple times. It's the song that's featured in the bouncing ball commercial, and it's the one that turned me to José González and I've been listening to his stuff ever since. It's a beauiful work on the acoustic guitar.

So imagine my surprise when this turns out to have been a techno song by the Knife. I'm not a huge fan of the original. Some parts of it doesn't sit well with me, which makes Gonzalez's cover all the more interesting. He's gone and completely changed the song and made it his own work, which for me, shows an incredible musical skill. This isn't meer emulation, this is creativity at it's height.

Heartbeats - The Knife
Heartbeats - José González