Peter Gabriel – Flume (Bon Iver Cover)

Peter Gabriel – flume (Bon Iver)

Take cover! The new Peter Gabriel album Scratch My Back is a mixed bag of golden oldies and modern day artist songs. Mainly orchestral and sometimes radically reworked Gabriel tackles the songs with a mixture of glee and respect. The more subdued songs stand out – the melancholic piano and cello add texture to a slowed down version of Paul Simon’s The Boy in the Bubble, and the strings in the Talking Heads’ Listening Wind wrap the vocals like a comfy blanket. Pity that I Think it’s Going to Rain Todaysounds a bit hoarse, like a cleaned up Tom Waits vocal – you can blame engineer Tchad Blake for that perhaps.

Gabriel asked John Metcalfe to lend a hand as an arranger and the influence grand noise producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Lou Reed’sBerlin) can be heard in Mirrorball.

Scratch My Back sounds very much like a Peter Gabriel album. But please let the next one will actually be one.

Peter Gabriel: Scratch My Back


Peter Gabriel talks about the first four tracks on Scratch My Back – his new covers album. Includes previews of new tracks originally by David Bowie (Heroes), Paul Simon (Boy in the Bubble), Elbow (Mirrorball) and Bon Iver (Flume).

~ by castleqwayr on March 6, 2010.

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