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Small Black covers The Blue Nile

April 13, 2014 0 Comments

Brooklyn indie band Small Black‘s new EP, Real People, kicks off with two tracks featuring Frankie Rose (Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls). The second, “Lines Of Latitude,” is a swooning, slow-dance track straight out of an ’80s time capsule that serves as the set’s first single.

TheBlueNightDowntownLightsBut it’s the EP’s closer, a cover of The Blue Nile’s “Downtown Lights,” that demands the first push of the play button. Having first fallen for the Glaswegian’s gorgeous song via Annie Lennox’s 1995 Medusa cover — a sumptuous take that’s still one of my favorite cover songs of all time — Small Black’s new interpretation is also captivatingly epic (and daresay, danceable).

Twenty-five years after The Blue Nile’s original release of “Downtown Lights” (on 1989’s Hats), it would seem no one can do wrong by Paul Buchanan’s song.

…or stream via iTunes Radio.

Purchase Small Black – “Downtown Lights” (The Blue Nile cover) via iTunes, Amazon MP3.