Mates Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner’s Crushes…, their first album since 2008’s Re-Arrange Us, includes covers of 10 fairly diverse artists. There are links between a couple — say Tom Waits and Nick Cave — but the jump from Girls to the Mars Volta to Belle & Sebastian is unexpected, to say the least. Why a covers album?
We’ve been talking about doing a covers record for a long time. We’d hear a great song at 2 AM while driving the straight line from one part of Texas to the next, and all we’d want to do is play that song as if we had written it. There are so many artists we considered, some for the mere fact that they wrote a perfect song, some for nostalgia’s sake, some because more people need to hear them, some for the challenge, and some to shed a whole different light on a song: Our light… make it a duet, more optimistic or maybe less traditional.
It’s the only full-length they’ve recorded themselves, maybe to recapture that 2AM straight-line vibe. See what they selected and listen to their shiny M/F take on Album’s “Laura.”
01 “Laura” (Girls)
02 “Son et Lumiere” (The Mars Volta)
03 “Sleep the Clock Around” (Belle & Sebastian)
04 “Technicolor Girls” (Death Cab for Cutie)
05 “Long Way Home” (Tom Waits)
06 “Love Letter” (Nick Cave)
07 “Second Hand News” (Fleetwood Mac)
08 “17 Pink Sugar Elephants” (Vashti Bunyan)
09 “Roller Coaster Ride” (Dear Nora)
10 “True Love Will Find You in the End” (Daniel Johnston)
Crushes (The Covers Mixtape) is out this summer. Get more info at matesofstate.com. Download “Laura” below.