Girl Crisis (The Ladies Of Chairlift, Class Actress, Apache Beat, Au Revoir Simone, Acrylics, Et Al) Cover Taylor Dayne (Stereogum Premiere)
Here it is, the latest installment from Girl Crisis, an all-female concept troupe operating on a specifically detailed concept. The idea behind it was to a) name themselves as a joke on Boy Crisis and b) exist only in web-video form featuring c) an essentially revolving cast of indie Brooklyn sirens that d) have nothing for sale and will not play live shows but e) are a “long-term” project that records covers of classic songs, learned and arranged just before performing, in a Greenpoint living room on Super 8mm camera. All of this came to be two years ago, conceived by Chairlift‘s Caroline Polachek, Class Actress‘s Elizabeth Harper (whose apartment hosts the proceedings), and This Frontier Needs Heroes‘ Jessica Lauretti and (sometimes Stereogum photographer) Bek Andersen, both of whom handle capturing the pieces visually while Polachek records audio via room mics. Of course, there is more. Concept!
Songs are committed to tape seasonally, the girls — who are all friends in bands that don’t get to harmonize with ladies otherwise — choosing a classic song to cover by a male singer every winter, and a female for their summer pick. (Past choices have included Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” Sade’s “Smooth Operator,” and Chris Isaacs’ “Wicked Game.”) For this summer’s selection the lineup’s expanded considerably, the tag-set swelling to include (in addition to the aforementioned founders): Erika Spring-Forster (Au Revoir Simone), Ilirjana Alushaj (Apache Beat), Molly Shea (Acrylics), Leah Carey (Amazing Baby), Jane Herships (Spider), and Sophia Knapp and Linnea Vedder (Lights).
The song of choice this time is Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It To My Heart.” You remember the original — here it is stripped down and less confrontational — both visually and vocally — from a group of friends in the 11222 in a piece that’s a little more sultry, with a lot less hairspray.
Some past installments to flesh out the Girl Crisis experience:
“Come As You Are”
One more rule: No guests, journalists, or boys at their sessions. Sorry guys. Karma.