Most artists have released cover songs or albums at one point in their career. I’m of two minds about covers – on one hand I find it a little lazy that they are not recording or writing new material while on the other I am interested to hear what they bring to well known material. There is a lot of knowledge to gain about an artist through how they reinterpret the songs of another artist.
(A Belgian all-female outfit) Scala (vocals) & Kolacny Brothers (instruments) is a rock choir who regularly cover well-known songs with a simple piano and choir arrangement. Occasionally they will also incorporate some electronic elements and strings. Classically trained, they are already popular in Europe, so this is their North American full-length album debut. The group has used very popular songs by Nirvana, Kings of Leon, Oasis, and others as well as original compositions to create this album of 13 tracks.
The harmonies created by this group are so good that I’m tempted to call them ethereal and the piano playing just blends in flawlessly. Some of the songs on the album go on a little long for my taste, like “Champagne Supernova”, which is a long song to begin with, but done in this style drags on even more.
You probably have already heard one of the songs from this album without knowing it. Scala & Kolacny Brothers recorded a version of Radiohead’s “Creep” that was used in the trailer for The Social Network and it is now on this album. It is an incredibly dark version (and you thought it could not be darker) that starts off softly, builds only to calm down to a hush once again at the end.