One of my all-time favorite King Krule songs is called “Rock Bottom” and at its very end, KK sings a touching tribute to companion Brit rapper The Streets by reworking lyrics from his “Empty Cans.” Similarly, there is a Brand New song that reworks The Cure, which is less important, but also true. Tribute songs, especially when you can intuit how much one artist influenced the other, are always a touching treat to be privy to, and when they're reimagined and recontextualized to be present in the latter artist's comfortable wheelhouse, everything feels right.
Needless to say, this Andrew Cedermark Bill Withers reimagining is nothing short of gorgeous while remaining true to the song's true intent. It's a twangy, alt-country, round-robin style update, with a few notable guitar pulls and a denouement worthy of a song so drenched in sentiment. It's the first track on Cedermark's upcoming Home Life and I can't imagine anything better to start off a record as comfortable and strong as this one.
Home Life releases on Underwater Peoples on July 16, and you can catch Cedermark on tour with his band at the dates below.
11 Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium *
12 Baltimore, MD – Golden West
13 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
14 Chicago, IL – The Burlington
16 Nashville, TN – High Watt
17 Oxford, MS – Lamar Lounge
18 Athens, GA – Normaltown Hall
19 Raleigh, NC – King's Barcade
20 Charlottesville, VA – Tea Bazaar
* Album release show w/ Liquor Store, Little Big League