Though our monthly music video series and our annual benefit concert might suggest otherwise, we aren’t exactly the biggest fans of cover songs. Still, there’s something to be said for an artist deconstructing existing material and re-purposing it in an inventive way that makes it sound like a new song altogether. With massive undertakings like the wonderful UNCOVERED series and impressive covers here and there, there’s no shortage of examples of locals paying tribute to world-renowned acts in exciting ways.
Today, Community Centaur‘s cover of Radiohead’s bleary Kid A standout, “Idioteque,” can be added to the list. Josh Evert of The Fatty Acids occasionally releases music under the pseudonym, and after getting stuck on the song, he decided to go into his Silver City Studios recording space and lay down the re-imagine song in a way (and at a tempo) it’s never been heard before.
“I haven’t been able to get this song out of my head lately, but I was internally singing it in a long, drawn-out way,” Evert says. “The lyrics are cryptically apocalyptic, and seem more poignant than ever. I eventually decided to record it.”
You can stream Community Centaur’s cover of Radiohead’s “Idioteque” below.