There should be a universal rule that if you are going to cover a popular song, you need to either do it either BETTER than the original or in a creative, innovative way that actually does the song justice and brings greater appreciation to the original piece. There are far too many re-dos of songs that are just OK (or most of the time simply terrible). However, these guys know how to do it right.
My mom sent me this link recently, and I couldn’t get enough of it. These guys not only write their own originals, but they also take popular songs and turn them into masterpieces… but very unconventionally. I am loving how they are thinking outside the “box” (literally!) to make great music on one of the most beautiful instruments ever created. Do your ears a favor and take a listen and enjoy.
And a couple other favorites: Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” done orchestral syle.
And Coldplay’s “Paradise” done African style. How liberating to perform on top of a canyon like that… my dream.
And for kicks, here’s a fun little article about them and how they got their start.