Andrew Bird — Cataracts

What a better way to start this off than a cover of my favorite artist (who just happens to share my name)!

I have two videos for you, both of which I really like. The original song is “Cataracts” by Andrew Bird. This song is slow, solemn, somber, and heavy on the strings. The two covers are three of these things–obviously it’s difficult to orchestrate more than 1 string part when you’re recording a song in front of your computer in the living room. Nonetheless, I still like them.

Here’s the first one:

The first is a cover by a youtube user called galensmith. I really like this cover because I think he does a good job sticking to the original mood of the song. What’s better is that he uses some of Andrew Bird’s unique instrumentation–if you can call whistling an instrument. But, whistling is an integral part of Andrew Bird’s music, and galensmith does a pretty good job at covering it. As an avid whistler, I am jealous of their abilities!

The next cover is by another youtube user called salambo31. According to his profile, he is from France, so you gotta love the French accent on this one. Although he doesn’t whistle, I think he does a pretty good job of humming the original whistle part.

Enjoy this one, too:

Be sure to check out the rest of the work by these two guys, I’m sure it’s great!

Oh, and here’s a link to the original “Cataracts” by Andrew Bird:

Precious Territories video on youtube

The video’s not necessarily related to these covers, but it uses Cataracts as its soundtrack. The title of the video, “Precious Territories” is allusion to an Andrew Bird song “Plasticities” from the album “Armchair Apocrypha”


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