Cover My World #6: Maroon 5 Meet the Muppets with Moves Like Jagger
It’s refreshing to have your expectations not just exceeded but upended and turned inside-out. After spending a little time in LuieLand watching clever mash-ups of cover songs, I thought I had this Jane Lui thing figured out.
Then I went over to MOG and listened to her latest album Goodnight Company. The song styles are constantly shifting, while managing the neat trick of sounding both meticulously crafted and effortlessly performed. Classically trained in voice and piano, her compositions mix those influences with soul, pop, and r&b, then throw in bits of Broadway and Dixieland to keep you guessing.
At times her voice is layered (“Edelweiss“) and accompanied by an eclectic chamber ensemble that includes an accordian, strings, piano, celeste, percussion, and synths. (Check out the Casio SK-1 in the clip below!) On other songs, her voice is laid bare against a single acoustic piano or guitar (“Yellow Light“, “Illusionist Boy“). No matter the context, the vocals sound pure, natural, and unforced.
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