artist: Sarah McLeod | genre: alt-rock, electronica | label: unsigned
While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I think it’s fair to say that, as a general rule, we really don’t pimp a lot cover tunes here at Froglix. It’s not that there is anything wrong with a band playing covers but it’s a bit contrary to our mission which is to shine a light on indie artists around the world who are performing original music. That, my friends, is what we are all about and it is also why I really wanted to hate Sarah McLeod’s rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” but try as I might I just couldn’t do it. In this, rather dark, Depeche Mode-like interpretation of Springsteen’s classic, McLeod takes a boppy MTV standard (remember a young Courtney Cox jumping on stage in the video…of course you do) and creates her very own mystical, melancholy version that comes complete with an extra serving of angst. McLeod slows down the tempo, loses the cheesy 80’s keyboard adds in a healthy dose of of her airy yet edgy vocals to complete the mix. Well done, Ms. McLeod…well done indeed.