Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Indie Rock A Cappella?

Okay, I've already had my issues with collegiate a cappella groups, especially in regards to their covers of hipster songs simply to be ironic. Now comes a group out of Carleton College in Northfield, MN called the Carleton Singing Knights covering Vampire Weekend's "Oxford Comma":

I like the song, but I still hold firm on my ideas that the song just doesn't work as well with only voices. Plus, doing this cover seems to be just going for indie cred, and with other songs in their arsenal straight from indie rock, I just don't think I like it. I'm uneasy with normal a cappella, but indie rock a cappella seems to invade a little too much on what I like.

I got sent an email a while ago about a group that records all original a cappella songs. One of the members gave me a free link to download their album, but I've never gotten around to listening to it. Maybe in the next couple days/weeks I'll give it a spin and see how I handle a cappella when it isn't just covers.


Michael said...

Yeah, I totally agree. Not my cup of tea. And I don't think listening to originals would make it all that better. It's nice every once in a while, but I'd hate to be in the SUB or the stairwell where they were practicing.

Loos19LZ said...

Yeah, the reason that song didn't sound good is because the Vampire Weekend album is awful...