Thursday, March 27, 2008

Covers, B-sides, and Rarities: Cat Power's "Wonderwall"

We’re all no stranger to the music of British band, Oasis; I’ve even had that opportunity of being acquainted with their music as far back as I can remember. The sheer over-playing of the band’s tunes at almost every single place I went, rendered their (what used to be) pretty enjoyable songs, to those that lost all meaning of words, sound and music. Like a word, played repeatedly, again and again in your head, till it became nothing but a string of letters that made no sense and utter nonsense to you-- that was exactly how it felt like. So, it felt refreshing to have encountered upon a different version of the huge hit, ‘Wonderwall’, performed by Chan Marshall of the Cat Power fame that was recorded years back during a Peel session.

It’s a beautifully haunting rendition, with bare minimum of instrumentation that’s starkly accentuated by the wispy, echoes and ghostly drags of Marshall’s voice.

|mp3| Cat Power - Wonderwall (Oasis cover)