With the recent turnaround in vinyl sales, the album has started to regain some lost ground as an art-form. We have all been so spoilt for choice with the numerous streaming services and instant downloads, that the ritual of listening to say The Beatles’ White Album from start to finish in order has become as a rarity. A Beatles playlist on Spotify cherry-picking the more famous songs has unfortunately made track order debates that can split a band apart now irrelevant. The upturn in vinyl LP sales and listening habits means more and more music fans were making a point of playing an album in its entirety, rather than clicking shuffle or skipping to the hits.
To celebrate the rise of the classic album format, and in part inspired by Ryan Adams‘ cover of the fantastic 1989 by Taylor Swift, HTF asks some of our favourite artists which records they would take on. So many artists are always asked which tracks to cover on numerous radio shows. But what if they have been invited to cover an entire album? Would they make a faithful interpretation or entirely have a re-haul and create their masterpiece from the foundations of another. Would Metallica take on The Wurzels’ classic Vintage Cider? How about Blur covering Shed Seven’s Maximum High? Both didn’t reply to our emails so sadly we shall never find out. Luckily these acts did!
Anglo/German trio Desert Mountain Tribe have been described as one of the greatest psych-rock bands in the UK; they’re definitely a band to watch. Their debut album Either That Or The Moon has already received some impressive reviews and their new single ‘Take A Ride’ is coming out on December 9th.
One album we would love to cover is Daft Punk’s Discovery. It is such a great album with so many great songs and introduced us to something completely new. In fact, it was Felix’ first ever album. Discovery was accompanied by an animated film about a group of friends traveling through space, which we found fascinating and also works with the theme of our debut album. Covering an electro album would be interesting because you could add so many new elements to the music. We are a rock band and transforming the record into a rock album would see many changes that could take the music somewhere completely different. We wouldn’t want to cover a rock album because there isn’t really much else to add to those records. Who are we to say Led Zeppelin or The Beatles should have done it ‘our’ way? And then there is the element of not wanting to screw with musical perfection.
We wouldn’t want to play around with the music of say Can or Neu! because what they created is timeless and should be left untouched.
Desert Mountain Tribe are currently on a UK tour, check their site for dates and tickets. In the meantime enjoy the video for ‘Take A Ride‘ below.