NYCS First Impression: Avenue Beat ‘the quarantine covers’
Our favorite new girl group, Avenue Beat is combatting the craziness of quarantine and the pandemic by giving us a fun new project to listen to, following the recent release of their newest original “thank you anxiety”. The talented trio recorded five of their favorite songs, adding their own flair and insane harmonies to each track in a project they are calling the quarantine covers.
Besides the fact that the three singers, Sami, Savana, and Sam are all extremely talented vocalists and songwriters, this record stands out for its unique influences. Each of the five songs that Avenue Beat chose to cover were originally recorded by artists from all different genres and eras of music. Moreover, the ladies took it back to their roots, singing and recording covers, a skill that put them on the map.
After a quick intro, the record kicks off with an enticing cover of hip-hop artist, Doja Cat’s “Say So.” Sami, Savana, and Sam turn the usually upbeat song into a touching and emotive acoustic song, which perfectly embodies their unique artistry. They refer to their rendition as a “Norah Jones” inspired tune on their Instagram. The next song, “Video” was originally recorded by Grammy-winner India Arie, a soul and pop artist. Both tracks feature Avenue Beat’s style, but “Video” seems to be a song that the trio could have written themselves. Their version, though stripped down, keeps with the authenticity of the original, giving off that soulful flair.
The next two songs on the project might be the most recognizable. The first is John Mayer’s “New Light.” The acoustic cover pays homage to the almost psychedelic rhythm of the original. Of course, the ladies also include a stunning cover of Tim McGraw’s “Humble And Kind,” a cover that they originally premiered on their Instagram. Some may also recognize this song as prolific songwriter, Lori McKenna’s iconic solo write. Their harmonies add an incredibly divine twist to the brilliant track.
Finally, the records wraps with the last song, “Just The Two Of Us.” The song is a classic 80s track written and recorded by both Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr. Avenue Beat completely reinvent the song, while still keeping with the integrity of the original. Once again their ability to make listeners feel like a classic song is their own is truly unmatched.
As if it wasn’t perfect enough, Avenue Beat also include an “Outro” to formally end their fun and quirky project. The ending is 40 seconds of The Beatles infamous song “All You Need is Love,” which is the perfect reminder in these crazy times.
To hear more tunes by Avenue Beat, check out our Swag Session with the songstresses below.
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the quarantine covers is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
Quarantine Covers Tracklist:
- “Say So”
- “New Light”
- “Humble And Kind”
- “Just The Two Of Us”
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