Many artists have tried to cowl Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights,” however the it’s such a uniquely iconic tune with an equally distinctive construction that makes an attempt, whereas valiant, have largely failed from being too over-the-top, too formidable, or simply plain horrible.
Potentially flirting with catastrophe, Matthew Sweet took up that problem and fortunately walked away with a prize. Instead of deconstructing it or turning it right into a dramatic retelling, he tackled it somewhat faithfully, retaining the piano, bass and guitar somewhat note-for-note, however pushing the drums a bit farther up within the combine.
Sweet may by no means obtain the identical heights that her preternatural vocals soared to, so he dropped it comfortably one octave decrease and stored the intonations just about equivalent. His cowl merges her excessive idea artwork rock along with his down-to-earth aww-shucks model of powerpop, and it really works (although it is best to let your foot off the gasoline pedal a wee bit on the finish there, fella).
A forgotten demo that lay dormant for who-knows-how-long, the impulse to mud off his demo of “Wuthering Heights” was almost definitely spurred by her most up-to-date surge of consideration. “As the latest season of Stranger Things (Netflix) came and went this year, it was hard not to notice the resurgence of Kate Bush’s song ‘Running Up That Hill‘ in this COVID recovering world of 2022,” Sweet says. “I do love that song, but this got me thinking about a piano and vocal demo I once made of ‘Wuthering Heights’… My wife recently urged me to dig up that demo of mine, and although I couldn’t find a multitrack of it, I did locate a rough of the song I had bounced down many years ago. And so it is I came to overdub some guitars and other instruments and produce this single track for release in tribute to Kate.”
Listen to Matthew Sweet’s trustworthy cowl of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” right here!