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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Free MP3: AB & the Sea Cover Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 4:29 PM

A B & The Sea performing at the All Shook Down Music Festival
  • A B & The Sea performing at the All Shook Down Music Festival

In our video interview at Sunday's All Shook Down Music Festival, A B & the Sea singer-guitarist Koley O'Brien broke the news that his impressive indie-pop outfit has put together a cover of Katy Perry's "Califorina Gurls". Leaving aside for a moment arguments about whether Perry's voluptuous hit is the "summer jam" of 2010 (blech) -- and the song's one-sided view of California -- A B & the Sea have made a clever move here.

So now we have the track itself -- download it for free after the jump -- which, as you might guess, sounds like a folkier, warmer, less frisky take on the original. There's no confusing the two,especially not since A B & the Sea throw in an ode to the original "California Girls" (you know, the Beach Boys version) about two-thirds of the way through. But all the basic elements of Perry's track are there -- including the "melt your popsicle" lyric -- albeit in far less obnoxious form.

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