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- Posted on Apr 8th 2009 12:00PM by Ashley Iasimone
The Song: 'Graceland' (original version by Paul Simon)
The Contestants: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone vs. Grizzly Bear
In This Corner -- Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: One of four cover versions on the collection of singles and rarities 'Advance Base Battery Life,' this rendition of the Paul Simon song relies on fuzzy instrumentals and monotone vocals. The one-man band -- Owen Ashworth -- deconstructs the tune and cancels out any of the hopefulness present in the original cut. Still, have a listen to see how well his interpretation works in conveying Simon's sorrowful lyrical poetry.
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, 'Graceland'
In This Corner -- Grizzly Bear: These indie Brooklynites, known for their acoustic sound and soothing harmonies, bring a haunting element to Simon's tale of pilgrimage and redemption. Frontman Daniel Rossen artfully strips down the the song and plays around with its melodies. Note the airy vocal layers and gentle strumming of guitars -- they just might brainwash you into taking a trip yourself.
Grizzly Bear, 'Graceland'