April 16, 2015


Iron & Wine and Band of Horses Covering Sade Is a Real Thing

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Seminal sleepy strummer Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell—frontman of the Seattle indie-folk act Band of Horses—have a collaborative covers album called Sing Into My Mouth coming this summer. The 12-track effort will feature takes on songs by artists like Bonnie Raitt, Pete Seeger, Marshall Tucker Band and the Talking Heads, whose "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" lyric formed the LP's title.

Today we get to hear one of Sing Into My Mouth's most intriguing cuts, a cover of Sade's "Bullet Proof Love," off 1992's Love Deluxe. We never could've imagined the silky sounds of Sade poured through the acoustic, eclectic filter these two dudes were destined to come up with, but it's…nice! Would definitely listen again. Already have, actually. A few times.

There's a similarly twangy cover of "No Way Out of Here" online now, too. That one was popularized on the 1978 solo debut by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, although it originated with an English band called Unicorn. Might as well be honest: we had no idea who the band was till we discovered this glorious early 2000s GeoCities-style website detailing the band's history in blinding green font. Bridwell and Sam Beam clearly love the tune, though, having performed it last night on Letterman. This one's much closer to the original than "Bullet Proof Love":

While we're down this particular, peculiar rabbit hole, Bon Iver side project GAYNGS once recorded a wonderful, faithful, Auto-Tuned cover of Sade's "By Your Side." You're gonna want that: