By Venus Rittenberg, Editorial Director
[Rough Trade; 2022]
Key tracks: It’s three songs man
When Black Midi announced Cavalcade, they also announced a contest in which they would cover five songs, and depending on who the listeners preordered Cavalcade from, they would receive a 7” vinyl of one of the covers. Three of the five songs appear on this EP, finally added to streaming (sadly missing the excellent “Psycho Killer” cover that features some of the worst French I’ve ever heard).
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The three songs covered here are “21st Century Schizoid Man,” originally by King Crimson; “Love Story.” originally by Taylor Swift; and “Moonlight On Vermont,” originally by Captain Beefheart. Each cover has a different member on vocals, “Moonlight On Vermont” features Morgan on vocals (which is exciting, he rarely performs vocals). “21st Century Schizoid Man” is an obvious choice for a cover, given Black Midi’s recent turn towards prog, but the song is as amazing as ever. “Love Story” is fun to hear by Black Midi, but the cover doesn’t switch things up too much from their regular sound.
Cavalcovers is a fun, brief EP for Black Midi fans. It is enjoyable, but is tragically lacking two of the songs from the set. I hope they will be added to streaming soon. This EP comes amidst anticipation of Black Midi’s upcoming third LP, dubbed Hellfire, which will hopefully come out later this year.