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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

S.F.'s Meklit Hadero and Quinn DeVeaux Give Arcade Fire's "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" a New Intimacy

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Ethiopian-born S.F. singer (and NPR favorite) Meklit Hadero and soul/bluesman (and SF Weekly favorite) Quinn DeVeaux are working on a new covers album slotted for release next January. Their project began with a live acapella take on Sam Cooke's "Bring it on Home to Me" -- and its latest product is a gem.

In late July, they recorded a video of a pared-down version of Arcade Fire's "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)," with just two voices and a quiet acoustic guitar. It's beautiful. For one thing, it's awesome to see how well the song holds together melodically, even without original's anthemic instrumentation. But DeVeaux and Hadero have natural voices for this collaboration, and an obvious chemistry, too -- their cover finds a sweet, sad intimacy that the album-opening original, while stunning, never had.

Check out Meklit Hadero and Quinn DeVeaux's take on this Arcade Fire favorite after the jump.

Hadero and DeVeaux's cover album will be out in late January on Porto Franco Records.


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