Listen: Hot Montreal Band Covers LCD Soundsystem
Free Double Download: Get Winter Gloves' snappy version of "Someone Great" -- plus an original track from their debut album.
When a new band covers a better-known contemporary, it’s usually either an attempt to gain some quick recognition or a genuine act of homage. Montreal quartet Winter Gloves’ version of LCD Soundsystem’s “Someone Great,” off 2007’s Sound of Silver, feels like the latter case. After all, these Canadians unabashedly proclaim a reverence for an instrument that figures prominently in LCD’s original — the glockenspiel — and don’t hesitate to repurpose its cheeky twinkle on their concise version, which clocks in at two minutes; the original runs six-plus.
Download the “Someone Great” cover below, along with “Let Me Drive,” a track from Winter Gloves’ forthcoming EP of the same name (scheduled for a February release in the U.S., with a full-length following in March). Its wistful keyboard kitsch should please fans of Ra Ra Riot’s tightly woven pop songs or Wolf Parade’s more ambitious rambles.