It’s hard to pin down a standout from Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy — a collection of covers lovingly rendered by an all-star cast of Mark Mulcahy admirers — because they are, after all, the songs of Mark Mulcahy, the prodigious songwriter behind Miracle Legion and Polaris. That said most things Thom Yorke stand out, and his rendition of “All For The Best” is no exception. Yorke put a glitchy post-Eraser spin on Mucahy’s world-weary tune with the help of the occasional guitar, live bits of percussion, and the vocals of his little brother Andy. (Hearing the two harmonize on “watch my brother cutting grass outside, sitting on a porch he told me it’s a long way to go before we can rest, but it’s all for the best” is worth the listen alone.) The track’s video will have its off-line premiere at the Mulcahy benefit show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg this Saturday (as for the album, proceeds go to Mark so he can carry on writing these gems while supporting his children in the wake of his wife Melissa’s passing), but you can view it on-line today. There are no Yorkes, instead we’re walking with a modern couple in a shady then surreal Lewis Carroll world, stalked by a hobo Cheshire Cat and walking through disembodied doors to you’ll-have-to-watch-to-find-out.
In other Yorke news, his new 12″ is out in three days, and his contribution to the Twilight sequel’s soundtrack is expected to be confirmed today.