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It’s been an EP kinda last month or so for me, and today I’ve got another one.  This one comes from midwestern folk-pop songstress Lissie.  Its title, Covered Up With Flowers, hints that its a covers record, which indeed it is.

When I reviewed Lissie’s debut album, Catching a Tiger, last year, I led off with the following:

Lissie (full name Elisabeth Maurus) first came to my attention (and undoubtedly many others) when she posted an exquisitely triumphant live cover of Kid Cudi’s hit song “Pursuit of Happiness” on YouTube.

The performance had all the hallmarks of a great cover – the song’s foundation remained firmly in place so that it was recognizably derived from the original, but it was presented with just enough new context and impassioned delivery to make it an entirely new experience unto itself.”

On this covers EP, she’s returning to that sweet spot, reimagining smash hits to suit her own style while still being smart enough not to mess too much with a good thing.

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Lissie (full name Elisabeth Maurus) first came to my attention (and undoubtedly many others) when she posted an exquisitely triumphant live cover of Kid Cudi’s hit song “Pursuit of Happiness” on YouTube.

The performance had all the hallmarks of a great cover – the song’s foundation remained firmly in place so that it was recognizably derived from the original, but it was presented with just enough new context and impassioned delivery to make it an entirely new experience unto itself.

Lissie then saw increased traffic flowing to two earlier covers that she had also posted to YouTube – one for Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and the other for Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”.  Both songs further established Lissie as an artist with undeniable talent.  But the question remained – could she pull off the same magic with her own original songs?

After all, it’s pretty hard to make a career solely as a YouTube cover artist.

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Cool Cudi Cover

8 July6 comments
Author: Sam

I was perusing Kid Cudi’s Facebook page when I came across this awesome cover he posted of his song “Pursuit of Happiness” by Lissie.  I hadn’t heard of Lissie, an Illinois-based indie rocker, but this cover is so damn good, I’m gonna have to check her out.

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Lissie’s debut album, Catching A Tiger, is out now in the UK.  Us Americans (as opposed to U.S. Americans) will have to wait until August 17th to get it here in the States.

Check out a couple more sweet covers she’s done after the jump:

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