May 4, 2012

WALKIE TALKIES + ZIA Cover "Somebody That I Used To Know"

Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is that rare hit that surprisingly made an immediate connection with the global audience despite its leftfield sensibilities. It’s also one of the most widely covered singles released this year, with everybody from Glee to Walk Off The Earth jumping to its popularity.

Our favorite rendition though comes from Filipina folk-pop duo, Walkie Talkies. Staying close to the original, they've stripped it down to the essentials and added time-tested harmonies over an acoustic guitar. Covering an extremely well-known song is no easy task, but Walkie Talkies did it gracefully, bringing a calibre of sweetness and soul to a song already brimming with it.

Zia Quizon and Markki Stroem recently teamed up to do a jazzy/neo-soul version of Gotye’s acclaimed hit. This time, they brought along 4-Wheel Drive band for a sultry, laid-back jam that would easily fit any coffee shop music compilation this summer.

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