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Kindness – “Swingin’ Party” (The Replacements Cover)

Kindness’s debut World, You Need A Change Of Mind is out next week and features a cover of The Replacements’ “Swingin’ Party,” off their 1985 album Tim.

The Replacements’ original is unfiltered reflection, a self-critical confession of shortcomings lazily lost in afternoon thought. Paul Westerberg’s strained vocals are resigned to incurred pain, and warm guitar lines only highlight the apathetic opening line “Bring your own lampshade, somewhere there’s a party” that’s bereft of solutions to a life he relentlessly wakes to. Its bit of self-aware humor masks an exhaustion lying beneath the surface, and the light of a matchstick and subsequent inhale at the end is a brilliant detail to suggests he really has no idea where to even begin.

UK artist Kindness gives the track a jittery Talking Heads makeover that sounds like flashes of a night you had last weekend. Hollowed out, morphine vocals imbue it with a postmodern antihero’s covert sadness that’s drowned off through pills and borrowed dance moves. It’s a reimagined cover that at its heart is faithful to the familiar context of quietly conflicted, partied-out misery.

Check out both versions below, and look for World, You Need A Change of Mind, out stateside May 8.

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