Music Geek Track Of The Week: Trails and Ways’ Cover of “Animal”
by Becca Gleason on September 14, 2012
When indie folk bands cover dance music in new and exciting ways, I’m filled to the brim with emotion. The art of turning a synthesizer into something man-made is an underrated one. So often it’s done poorly by unpopular YouTube cover artists that when a band does it right, it will sometimes be overlooked. This is why I wanted to make certain that Trails and Ways gets credit where credit is due. Their cover of the Swedish pop sensation Miike Snow’s song Animal is nothing short of a party in my ears.
It’s hard to listen to a cover without comparing it to the original, but 30 seconds into this song, I completely forgot I was listening to a replication. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Miike Snow. But the way Trails and Ways transformed the poppy bleeps and bloops into woodblocks and hand-claps was an undertaking in which they succeeded. The song has been completely broken down and put together in a sense where you feel like you should be dancing at a county fair while your friends use old milk bottles and washboards as accompaniment. Listen to it. Then listen to the original!