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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Soliti Five Years - My Brain Hurts A Lot
It isn't unusual for a label to celebrate five years of existence with a release of some of their best artists playing some of the best songs released on the imprint over that five years. Samplers are great, and the five year anniversary is as good of a reason is publish a sampler as any. But leave it to Helsinki's Soliti Music to put an interesting twist on things. Yes, My Brain Hurts includes some of the label - and Finland's - best artists, and some of those wonderful songs. But the twist is that each of the featured band's has contributed a cover of a song by another Soliti artist rather than one of their own compositions. The result is fresh interpretations of great tunes, and a collection that doesn't replicate your current version of the song even if you are a collector of Soliti Music releases (which, of course, you should be). So, we have dream pop band Delay Trees covering "Our Old Centre Back" from Cats on Fire's latest LP. The New Tigers offer a stunning take on Black Twig's "Pastel Blue". Black Twig returns the favor and covers "World's Greatest Actor" by The New Tigers. In a flurry of genre-crossing, Cats of Transnistria cover Black Lizard, while Black Lizard cover Cats of Transnistria. Astrid Swan sings in Finnish to cover Puunhalaaja's "Härkä ja Paimen", and Love Sport reinterpret's Astrid Swan's "Rabbit Catcher". A great collection of songs heard in a new way, just in time for your holiday shopping!