As anyone who ever listened to the legendary BBC radio DJ John Peel will know, hearing a favourite artist re-interpret a familiar song by another artist can bring new insights into both, as well as being a lot of fun.
During a break from writing Midas Fall’s fifth album, Elizabeth Heaton took some ideas that had been incubating for a while and, along with bandmate Michael Hamilton, applied their own unique perspective to three well-loved songs by Bruce Springsteen (Dancing in the Dark), Radiohead (Creep) and Placebo (Every You Every Me).
The ‘Cover Songs’ EP sees Springsteen’s driving rock anthem reimagined as a quieter, more introspective narrative, imbued with ’80s synths and Heaton’s softly hopeful but uncertain vocals. Radiohead’s Creep is a dreamy, kaleidoscopic waltz that slowly builds to a raging climax. On Every You Every Me, the icy undertones of Placebo’s original version are magnified even further, evoking a bleak landscape cloaked in dark, haunting sounds.For 2nd single ‘Dancing in the Dark’, Liz from the band comments,
‘This cover was started in the back of a tour van years ago during one of our mammoth 10 hour drives between venues in Europe. Every few months I would revisit it, scratch my head and close the project again. It was when I sent the project to Michael during lockdown that it really started to take form, as he was able to breathe new life into it. The result was lots of dreamy guitars, 80’s synths and vocals.’
Listen now – https://linktr.ee/midasfall‘Cover Songs’ EP will be released digitally worldwide by Monotreme Records on 7th April.
Scottish band Midas Fall are currently putting the final tweaks on their eagerly awaited fifth album, the follow-up album to Evaporate (2018), for which they won Prog Magazine’s ‘Limelight Award’.
Elizabeth Heaton – vocals, guitars, synths, piano, drums
Michael Hamilton – bass, guitars, synths, piano, drums
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Elizabeth Heaton
Artwork by Steven Pellatt