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Jess Mills, Jenn Mierau cover The Cure

August 7, 2011 1 Comment

The fairer sex is certainly fond of covering songs by The Cure this year.

Adele was first, treating listeners to “Lovesong” on 21, the sole cover included on the singer’s triple-platinum, 11-weeks-at-#1 album. Her bossa-nova revamp of the Disintegration classic, was previously spotlighted here in detail.

Now Montreal’s Jenn Mierau has given “Lovesong” a go, returning The Cure’s tune to moodier territory. The multi-instrumentalist layers her hushed, almost underwater vocals atop piano, drum loops, and additional flourishes of electronic percussion.

Mierau’s hauntingly beautiful cover recalls female trip-hop faves like Nicola Hitchcock of Mandalay. Hear here:

Free download of Jenn Mierau – “Lovesong” (The Cure cover) via her website. Mierau’s new album, Hush, arrives September 13.

Hailing from London like Adele, Jess Mills travels even further back into The Cure’s discography for “A Forest,” from 1980’s Seventeen Seconds. Produced by Breakage (with whom she collaborated on “Fighting Fire”), Mills’ pulsating cover of “A Forest” will be included on the 30-year-old’s debut album, due early next year. Robert Smith has even given her version his blessing, with The Cure frontman contacting the singer via email.

“His original is such a cool song,” Mills told The Guardian, “a really exciting crossover between indie and electronica. If I could come close to creating something like that with my own stuff, it’d be enough.”

Mills’ atmospheric visit to “A Forest” is evidence that she’s headed in the right direction:

Free download of Jess Mills – “A Forest” (The Cure cover) via her website.