Chicago (Sufjan Stevens cover)

May 2, 2015 1:05 PM

Felt inspired to throw together a cover of an old favorite for the May/June challenge.

Not sure if this song is really "about" a city, but hey, it has one in the name. You get what you pay for. I'm seeing Sufjan live on Monday!

I'm usually a one-take-and-go kind of guy, and as you can probably hear, I reeeeeally don't know how to mix. or play. or sing. or record.

posted by threeants (7 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

This is good! I like your singing voice a lot.

(Also kinda jinx on the challenge idea if the thing I'm hopefully doing with someone pans out...)
posted by billiebee at 3:09 PM on May 2, 2015

this pleases me a lot. made me heard one of my favorite songs new again. thank you.
posted by pretentious illiterate at 10:49 PM on May 2, 2015

Really nice! I have a lot of fondness for that whole album, and this track's always gotten me in particular, but Sufjan's got such an intricate and controlled style of arrangement that hearing the songs taken out of that polished context and given a sort of streamlined, raw airing is actually really nice. Like pretentious illiterate said, it's a chance to hear it new again, which is wonderful.

This reminds me that I recorded a weird take on Carl Sandberg years ago that I guess I never actually posted on Music; I think I'll go dig that up.
posted by cortex at 10:03 AM on May 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

Ditto on the raw, open feel stuff that cortex was saying. This is a rad cover. And I like the mix with the slight verb on the vocals. It's good listening.
posted by TheNegativeInfluence at 8:44 PM on May 4, 2015

Yeah very nice and warm.
Your voice sounds effortlessly natural.
posted by chococat at 8:10 PM on May 5, 2015

Thanks all!! Your kind comments seriously made my week, as I am really insecure about musical stuff.
posted by threeants at 8:19 PM on May 12, 2015

Love the pitch-bendy lead guitar twangs (ugh sorry can you tell I'm a keyboard player, what even are strings) and, especially, your vocal harmonies at the end.

(I totally feel you on the insecurity about putting musical stuff out for public consumption, but this is good and you should feel good.)
posted by en forme de poire at 2:24 PM on May 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

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