I keep the MP3 blog Music For Maniacs on my feed reader because it’s never boring, and every now and then something brilliant happens.
This week, I can’t stop listening to What Capitalism Was Plays Philip Glass On Accordion. This is (mostly) one guy performing Philip Glass pieces on accordion. And it works remarkably well because John Catfish (who appears to be the sole member of What Capitalism Was) plays a mean squeezebox.
There’s well-known pieces from Koyaanisqatsi and Satyagraha, but the first track is Japura River, from the Glass/Uaati collaboration Aguas Da Amazonia, one of my favorite Glass works.
These versions are recognizable enough that they feel like old friends, but different enough to be like meeting them again for the first time. Once you get past the obvious gimmick of an accordion cover tribute to Philip Glass, there’s plenty of reasons to continue listening. This is exactly how cover versions should be.