Cloud Boat cover Springsteen’s Oscar-winning tune. We’re struggling to think of any other Bruce Springsteen cover that tops this for maximal emotion. Anyone?
Cloud Boat’s album, Book of Hours, was one of the more interesting sonic additions to London’s post-dubstep scene this year. Occupying the fertile crescent between Mount Kimbie’s clattering experimentalism and James Blake’s falsetto wanderings, Sam Ricketts and Tom Clarke show that electronic music can aim straight to the heart.
Case in point: the duo’s take on Bruce Springsteen’s super-emosh ballad ‘Streets of Philadelphia’, originally penned for the Oscar-winning weep-a-thon film where Tom Hanks dies of AIDs. Ricketts’ languorous, sprawled guitar lines and Clarke’s restrained vocals are intense enough, but when those gorgeous church organ chords come in, it’s enough to make a grown man – or Springsteen – cry. Enjoy.
Video: Greg Barnes (Follow Greg on Twitter @clingfilms)