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.
“Someone Great (LCD Soundsystem cover)” (DOWNLOAD MP3)
“Let Me Drive” (DOWNLOAD MP3)