Alex Barr, with Kithkin at SW's Reverb Local Music Festival in October.
"I'm On Fire" (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
It's tough to cover a song by the Boss and do it justice, but local musician Alex Barr just nailed it.
This morning, Barr -- who plays guitar (and all sorts of other things) as part of Seattle-based animal rock act Kithkin - dropped a link to his cover of Springsteen's "I'm on Fire." It's absolutely stunning.
Keeping to the general structure of the original track, Barr's take is slow and moody. But where Springsteen uses synthesizers and a pop-y rockabilly beat, Barr opts for a more stripped down arrangement.
Featuring layers of airy vocals over a soft, acoustic strum, Barr's take is dark and romantic, calling to mind the stylings of Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), in the non-pretentious, "I recorded
this in a cabin" kind of way.
It looks like the track is part of an older solo project, packaged with two other songs under the title "Woodland Cotillion," and while it's far from the fuller, percussion-driven tracks of Kithkin, it's definitely worth a listen (or 10).