Sometimes when a song comes on the air that I haven’t heard in a while I feel like I’ve entered some surreal time and space warp as my body gets thrown back into a time and place where I last heard it, or where/when in my life where this song is associated. It’s even more jarring when an effective cover does it.
I listened to a fair bit of 80s rock along the veins of Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears in my early 20s, and I was surprised by not only this drop by Japanese Breakfast but their ability to capture some essences of the original song in a very non-80s xx-like cover. Fuck, that’s a brutal way to describe it but that’s the best I’ve got. Obviously the original song has 80s written all over it, but the essence of the original “Head Over Heels” is largely a product of Roland Orzabal’s vocals but Michelle Zauner does an amazing rendition of adopting it yet also paying homage.