ross-merrill - September 16, 2016
The internet is going crazy for this video of Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" performed on a harp, but it's only the latest popular song performed in an unusual way. Take a look.
Accordionist Hideshi Kibi performs all the parts on one noble, elegant instrument, and adds a few of MJ's vocalizations. All in one take, too.
Lady Gaga's ode to bisexuality sounds grand and gothic on a pipe organ. It's odd more of her songs don't use this instrument. It seems totally "on brand" and perfect for a fan base known as Little Monsters.
...as well as other Indian instruments. The effect is spooky and hypnotic, but somehow just as peppy and fun as the original. It makes you hope the video dissolves into a Mumbai-style Central Perk with Indian versions of Ross and Rachel drinking doodh patti chai tea.
From the start-up music to the shut-down music to all the error notifications in-between, this orchestra performs a symphony that's all too familiar to Windows users.
Part cover, part remix, all awesome. ODB keeps the chorus to the famous Phil Collins song but does his own R&B thing with the lyrics. It makes you realize the Wu Tang Clan should cover Genesis more...or maybe it's the other way around?
USC's SoCal VoCals are the 2015 national a cappella champions. Every "instrument" in their renditions is performed by their mouths, from keyboards to cymbals. Here's their version of Haim's "The Wire."