While watching the latest episode of Pot Psychology over at jezebel.com I noticed that the song playing in the background was slightly familiar. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first, but after a couple of minutes I figured it out! It’s an R & B cover of the Dirty Projector’s “Stillness is the Move”!
I did a little internet searching and discovered that the cover is by Beyoncé’s little sister Solange. I’m a huge fan of the original of this song. The tiny guitar plucks, mixed with haunting groovy female vocals is quite engaging.
Solange gives it the R & B treatment by changing up the guitar, and adding a slow beat. The vocals of the song really do transfer well to Solange. Although the original is more indie rock, it has this certain cadence that fits naturally in the cover version.
Solange seems to have her ear into the indie rock scene. She previously sampled spacey instrumentalists Boards of Canada. I don’t really like the BoC sample, but if she continues to cover less mainstream songs with the success of “Stillness is the Move”, I’ll be listening.
Check out both versions.