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On my stereo this week: Echo Del Tusker, First Aid Kit & Childish Gambino (again!)

Echo Del Tusker – ‘Gold In The Silver’.

I introduced Echo Del Tusker to you towards the end of last year. Since then, this gritty Melbourne four-piece band, who takes it cues from fragments of blues, rock, metal R&B and garage rock, has released their debut EP Words To Live By, received some notable international radio play and has been featured in prominent music publications such as Classic Rock Magazine. Today, of course, I wanted to keep talking them up by sharing with you their latest single Gold In The Silver, a classic rock inspired track that manages to reveal an important truth, that sometimes its important to stop and acknowledge that its ok to enjoy your own success or how good your own life really is.

First Aid Kit – ‘Rebel Heart’.

First Aid Kit felt like a breath of fresh air that began 2018 with the release of their fourth album Ruins. This sisterly Swedish outfit has been around for some ten years and in that time they have been fairly faithful to the sound that made them famous. With Ruins came an interesting new edge to their alt-country/indie folk sensibility that has arguably won them over even more new fans throughout last year. While the album has a very melancholy feel (it was inspired by Klara Soberberg’s break up with her fiancé), not everything about it is completely sad in nature. It has moments that feel like there is hope in despair but you have really got to listen. That is why the album opener Rebel Heart is probably my favourite track. It sets the stage for a very passionate album.

Childish Gambino – ‘Lost In You’.

When Childish Gambino returned back to our shores last month, after cancelling his sold-out Australian tour last year, after suffering a foot injury at a concert in Dallas, the last thing we were expecting in addition to his recent tour was a swan song performance on national youth radio’s Triple J performing a cover version of Lost In You by Chris Gaines.

Now I know what you are thinking, who the hell is Chris Gaines? Well, Chris Gaines was this one-time fictional rock alter-ego that Garth Brooks created for a project way back in 1999 called Garth Brooks In… The Life Of Chris Gaines. (Brooks almost comical project was to include a film about Gaines, which (and I say) fortunately for Brooks fan was abandoned.) In short, the projects lead single Lost In You climbed all the way up the billboard charts to number 5; and the accompanying album incredibly selling somewhere in the vicinity of two million copies. Ultimately and depending on who you believe, the project was viewed as a failure for Brooks becoming one of music’s most weirdest undertakings. Ask a Garth Brooks fan what they think about it now and they are likely to punch you in the face. It seems some fans are still too distraught to talk about Brooks as anything other than a country singer.

While there is so much more to say on this bizzare project, I’ll leave that for you to investigate on your own because really I have spent far too long building this up. So anyway, please enjoy Childish Gambino’s Like A Version performance of Lost In You here below. Interestingly, gone are the acoustic arrangements of Brooks version (again you’ll have to discover that for yourself), replaced by a R&B-styled cover with a churchy organ and small choir.

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

1 comment on “On my stereo this week: Echo Del Tusker, First Aid Kit & Childish Gambino (again!)

  1. Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) is so damn talented!

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