Shearwater - "Novacane"

Last month, I gave Album Of The Week to Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers, on which the Texan band played sweeping, filigreed covers of songs from bands they know, or bands they’d shared stages with. They’ve also dropped another cover of late, of Frank Ocean’s career-making “Novacane,” but apparently they don’t actually know Ocean, since it didn’t make the album. Instead, this was part of a Record Store Day Black Friday release, a split with Low’s cover of Rihanna’s “Stay.” Shearwater’s take on “Novacane” is a warm, fluttery, almost proggy piece of work with almost no R&B in it, and it’s a kick to hear Jonathan Meiburg singing Ocean’s conversational relationship-talk lyrics in that choirboy tenor. Listen below.


(via Consequence Of Sound)

Fellow Travelers is out now on Sub Pop.

Comments (3)
  1. this is really good

  2. I know Shearwater is liked and respected, but I feel like they should be HUGE. Rook was an absolute monster album, flawless front to back, Animal Joy was nearly as good (Golden Archipelago a nice palette cleanser at the very least), and these covers are all nice pieces. I don’t know, maybe their style isn’t en vogue these days or something. Either way, I’d put these guys up with just about any other band recording right now.

  3. Dunno what I feel about them cleaning up some of the lyrics though?

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