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Up Dharma Down – Just A Smile

October 28, 2016 3:10 am by: Category: Track Reviews, Tracks Leave a comment


There’s no secret recipe to a great cover song, but you can spot brilliance easily when the material is taken to a whole new level of ownership and artistry, sometimes blurring the original’s influence and exploring the outer edges of the song to create something unique and compelling. Up Dharma Down, the prolific experimentalists that they are, work on such peripheral vision, rendering Barbie Almalbis’ signature hit with crisp, shimmery pulses of ‘80s pop in the Hall and Oates/The Blue Nile/Kraftwerk blueprint.  Their version has the design of Capacities’ minimalist grandeur and none of Barbie’s anthemic twee, with Ean Mayor’s production touches soaring highest when it struts underneath the shadows of a mirror ball. Stream this effortlessly gorgeous cover here:

Photo c/o Up Dharma Down’s FB page.

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