Islands: “Waterloo Sunset” (The Kinks)

KVRX sent me the radio compilation to end all radio compilations. It’s a two disc set that’s sure to light your fire. Disc one is 21 tracks of songs recorded in their studio, ranging from awesome originals by My Brightest Diamond, YACHT and Blitzen Trapper to some of the best covers around ({{{Sunset}}} doing the Magnetic Fields, the Veils doing Springsteen). This track falls in the latter category. I rarely ever shout out loud when opening my mail, but I did when I saw that Islands had covered the Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset.”

MP3: Islands – Waterloo Sunset
I’ve been jamming the Kinks ever since SXSW. They’re absolutely the perfect spring music (tied with Brian Wilson, probably). In fact, I’d planned on posting “Victoria” later this week to celebrate the good weather. “Waterloo Sunset,” is, however, absolutely the most British song ever written. From tip to tail it reeks of the small joys and hidden hardships of their lifestyle. Islands, who I occasionally forget are Canadian, do a fantastic job with their take on the classic tune. Nick whisper-sings the song like Ray Davies in a fun, yet introspective mood.

I’m not entirely sure how to suggest that you go about picking up KVRX: Local Live vol 12 – Technicolor Yawn, but I’d imagine a good start would be here or here.

PS: the new Islands record is great. Pass it on.

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