Georgi Kay “Joga” (Björk Cover)

Technically this is two recommendations. Top of the Lake is a mini series about crime and corruption in a small, mountainous New Zealand town starring Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss. It’s on Netflix, so if you haven’t watched it yet, do it. Anyway, in one episode there’s a scene of all the characters gathered around a campfire as they sing an acoustic cover of Björk’s “Joga.” I’m a huge Björk fan, so I usually despise most covers because they’re terrible (example: 30 Seconds to Mars’ cover of “Hunter”–yikes), but this stripped-down version is actually quite good. Using only vocals and guitar, Kay’s version harnesses all the emotion of the original without the need for Björk’s bombastic production. So to recap, Top of the Lake: watch it. Björk covers: not always terrible.

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