Listen: Speedy Ortitz - “Hanging Around” (The Cardigans Cover)

Foil Deer Out Now via Carpark

Aug 28, 2015
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Speedy Ortiz have shared a fairly faithful cover of The Cardigans' "Hanging Around." The original was found on the Swedish band's 1998 album Gran Turismo. Speedy Ortiz's version gives it a slight bit more of a rock edge. The cover was premiered by The Boston Globe in honor of Speedy Ortiz's hometown Boston show on August 30th, performing on a boat in Boston Harbor as part of the Rock and Blues Concert Series (you can buy tickets here). Speedy Ortiz's latest album, Foil Deer, came out back in April on Carpark. Check out the cover below, followed by the video for The Cardigans' original.

Speedy Ortiz's vocalist/guitarist commented on the cover in a press release/for the Boston Globe: "In December, Speedy played a hometown residency at our beloved hangout spot Great Scott. We tried not to repeat any songs over the course of three shows--four, actually, if you include the one we played in a basement under a fake name. That meant playing at least 40 (!) original songs for our Boston pals, plus a few covers, one of which was this album track from The Cardigans' 1998 release Gran Turismo. The Cardigans make really smart pop music dosed with contradictory textural choices--crunchy guitars, moody electronics, seemingly intentional tape warping. Their hits are pretty well known, and are all great, but I love 'Hanging Around' for its detached, spooky lyrics. This song could be about cognitive dissonance, or it could be about some invading body snatchers--maybe both? We stayed pretty true to the original on this one, 'cuz we think the original is so good. Instruments recorded at Studio 52 by Jesse Weiss of Palehound and Grass is Green, with vocals recorded in Jesse's bedroom while staring at his Chavez poster for inspiration." 

 



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