The Swell Season’s Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová love covers. At various concerts, I’ve seen the Once duo pay tribute to spiritual troubadours like Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen and breathe new life into old Irish folk tunes. Disco, though? That’s not a genre I’d ever thought to associate with the Swell Season, but it’s next on their list. Hansard and Irglová reinterpreted Candi Staton’s 1976 hit “Young Hearts Run Free” for “Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings,” a new covers series sponsored by the jeans giant. You can download their version if you register at the Levi’s Pioneer Sessions site — or you can stream it exclusively right now at the Music Mix.
Check out the Swell Season’s spin on “Young Hearts Run Free” after the jump. As you’ll hear, they’ve replaced the original’s leisure-suit horns and illuminated-dance-floor beat with their own soulful folk-rock sound. Turns out “Young Hearts Run Free” was a pretty great Swell Season song in disguise all along! Do you like it? (And how does it compare to Hansard’s cover of “Cry Me a River,” anyway?)
After the jump, you’ll also find a list of the other Levi’s Pioneer Sessions artist/cover pairings that have been announced so far. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Dirty Projectors tackle Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.” How about you?
Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings
Nas: “Hey Young World” by Slick Rick
The Swell Season: “Young Hearts Run Free” by Candi Staton
She & Him: “Fools Rush In” by Rick Nelson
Dirty Projectors: “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” by Bob Dylan
Colbie Caillat: “Maria” by Blondie
The Shins: “Goodbye Girl” by Squeeze
Raphael Saadiq: “It’s A Shame” by The Spinners
Bomba Estereo: “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic
Jason Mraz: “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
John Legend and the Roots: “Our Generation” by Ernie Hines
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