Splice Today releases "Baltimore Does Baltimore Part 1"
When Splice Today contributor Zach Kaufmann announced his plans to put together a compilation of Baltimore bands covering songs by other Baltimore bands, I was pretty excited.
The compilation, "Baltimore Does Baltimore, Part 1," came out today. You can download it for free here.
After hearing "Baltimore Does Baltimore," I have to say -- it has some thrilling moments.
One of the standouts is Wye Oak's cover of Rod Lee's Balitmore Club classic "Dance My Pain Away." Singer Jenn Wasner turns a banger into something of a dirge, without losing the original song's urgency.
"Wye Oak blew my mind," Kaufmann told me today ...
"It turns this fun, dancey song into a really deep, troubling, upsetting song. When she sings the verses, there's so much emotion and pain in her voice. It hurts me. It's awesome." ...
I haven't sat down and listened to the entire compilation yet. But the songs I've heard, from singer/songwriter Caleb Stine's sparse, ambient cover of Small Sur's "Two Mantras" to rapper Mickey Free's rendition of Wye Oak's "That I Do," are compelling
(Cover art by Katherine Fahey)