There was a point in time where we avoided posting covers, as we wanted to hear people’s original music. But we realized that a cover can be truly creative and even inventive. It takes a pretty special talent to transform a song into something that sounds familiar yet different, to make the cover as good if not even better than the original.
Texada‘s cover of The Police‘s “Walking on the Moon” hits all the marks. While the video is labeled a remix, it truly is a re-imagination of the legendary band’s classic single. Instead of retaining the iconic band’s reggae-infused, pop-rock, Texada has turned it into an electro-rock shocker. The guitar solo, in particular, is awesome with its electric blues-rock approach that echoes of Prince. The entire cover and remix, for that matter, is one that would make the Purple One immensely pleased if not jealous.
This cover, however, represents a crossover for Texada, better known as Hayley McLean. If you recognize the name, she was named one of Fender’s “guitar goddesses” for 2013. At that time, she was creating classic blues and roots music, and her talent was recognized by her more famous peers including Buddy Guy. But after a decade in this field, McLean has opted to completely reinvent herself, moving away from guitar-driven music to now creating songs that are synth- and electronic driven. When asked why decided to change course, she replied:
I think life would get pretty stagnant if one decided to stay within the borders of someone else’s titles. I consider it an honor, but not a definition.
While McLean may wish to avoid “definitions” or labels, there’s no question that she’s helping to re-define what blues, roots, and now electronic / electro-rock sound like. She really is like a modern-day Prince.
In addition to the video premiere of “Walking On The Moon”, hear “All My Life” from McLean’s / Texada’s Texada’s Blue EP. You can hear the Blue EP plus the Gold EP on SoundCloud.
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