I thought I’d dig through the internet to come up with some of the best covers of the week on the internet. And here are my picks: Ólöf Arnalds and Marissa Nadler. They’ve both re-interpreted Springsteen; one with an intimate Icelandic croon, the other, with a mild twang; giving The Boss some needed feminine warmth. I love the juxtaposition between the great American hero of rock, country and blues: Springsteen translated through a feminine lens. Its got that empathetic quality reminding us all that ladies get the blues, too.
Ólöf Arnalds might lazily be compared with Bjork, (although they have collaborated together on a number of projects) but there’s something far more ancient about her; her voice is bewitching, it’s got this hummingbird-like texture to it. It makes it all the more endearing when she sings, “I’ve got a bad desire”. That just really seems unlikely.